25 September 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
AirTrunk, the data centre services provider, has opened its hyperscale data centre in West Sydney, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.
The new facility is one of two new hyperscale data
centers in Australia aimed at large scale cloud content
and enterprise customers. The 64,000 sqm site has a capacity in
excess of 80 MW which houses 30 data halls, each supporting up
to 3MW of IT load. The entire site has a power usage
effectiveness rating of 1.15 and will create hundreds of jobs
for the local economy not only during construction but ongoing
through its operation. In addition, AirTrunk has confirmed that
it is the second stage of construction of its Melbourne
facility which will open in a few weeks, once completed the
Melbourne site will have a capacity of 50MW.
Speaking on the opening of the new facility, Robin Khuda,
CEO and founder of AirTrunk, said: "AirTrunk are building the
data centres of tomorrow so that the technology companies who
are transforming the way we live are assured of a secure,
efficient and responsive home for their data.
We’ve built the Sydney facility in record time for
our customers and have also established a platform for AirTrunk
to deliver more exciting projects across the Asia-Pacific
region in the future. The rapid growth of cloud adoption has
driven demand for secure, reliable and scalable data storage
solutions in the Asia-Pacific region. AirTrunk has the
financial capabilities and expertise to respond to that demand.
We’ve demonstrated our unique value proposition to
the Australian market and have already achieved substantial
market share very quickly."
The facility has been built to specific high security
requirements of the Australian Government and meets the need
for a secure and reliable way of processing and storing high
volumes of information and content, it also offers its
customers the ability to scale quickly in a cost effective
Commenting on the news, Stuart Ayres, minister for Western
Sydney, said: "We’re delighted AirTrunk has chosen
Western Sydney for this massive investment – building
this centre has created around 300 jobs and 180 more people
will be employed here permanently once operational."
Speaking to CIO Australia, Khuda added: Major cloud
providers are seeking high reliability and cost efficiency, as
well as quick deployment and the ability to scale up. They
don’t want to wait for 15, 18 months for a data
centre operator to deliver capacity. You look at Microsoft or
Amazon, they’re basically doubling their
infrastructure. They do their capacity planning every
fortnight. They need it fast. "We’re building at a
massive scale. That gives us efficiency of scale. I have my
wish list, these are the four things I would like, I
don’t care about all that fancy lighting and
everything. I care about what the customer wants and
that’s how the whole project started. And
that’s how we differentiate."
The company are said to be building rapidly with the company
already eyeing new builds throughout Asia-Pacific - Singapore,
Hong Kong and Japan are set to be AirTrunk's next