Regional VIC to host off-grid edge data centre

13 September 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Claiming the title of the world’s only off-grid edge data centre operator, Edge Centres is seeking approval for its first facility in Bendigo, Australia.

Edge Centres has lodged development approval for EC3, which it said will be a 100% solar-powered, off-grid edge facility 150km outside of Melbourne.

 

If approval is granted, EC3 will become one of four facilities from the company, which are all due to begin operating throughout Australia this November. The portfolio includes another site in the state of Victoria.

CEO and founder, Jonathan Eaves, said: “Lodging the DA for our Bendigo site is an important step in Edge Centres’ sweeping deployment across Victoria and the rest of regional Australia.

“Right now, Australia is on the cusp of an edge infrastructure wave, and Edge Centres is building ahead of this generational spike in demand for IoT, edge computing, and cloud. Building ahead of this wave means that we have time to build and connect the necessary infrastructure so that these regional hubs that haven't been connected previously can be ready when it hits," Eaves continued.

EC3 will offer access to all major telcos, creating "a reliable gateway to Australia for edge computing, global network operators and content providers".

Each Edge Centres facility is equipped with just under 1MW of available solar, and 48-hours of battery and UPS backup technology, which supports 64, 1kw quarter racks, delivered with N+1 power redundancy. Although Bendigo has a Mediterranean climate, weather across regional Australia can be extreme, so each site is covered with a metal thermal insulator membrane to support cooling systems.

Eaves said: “EC3 in Bendigo is the first of many Edge Centre facilities set to digitally transform and interconnect regional Australia. We’re bringing highly sustainable, highly reliable, off-grid digital infrastructure to the edge, and are working tirelessly to help enterprises across the country to bridge the digital divide.”

Edge Centres' other locations include Toowoomba, Dubbo, Townsville, Cairns and Hobart.