DXN acquires edge data centre in Darwin

15 September 2021 | Antony Savvas

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DXN is acquiring 100% of the SDC data centre in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

DXN will enter into an operating agreement with Paul and Tracey Grist (the operational vendors of the facility) for a period of three years, to manage the Darwin data centre and provide continuity to existing policies and procedures in respect to staff, key contractors and other matters.

The Darwin data centre is the only continuously maintainable data centre in the Northern Territory of Australia.

It has 70 racks occupied and the capacity to expand to 127 racks. SDC provides services to the NT government, federal governments and multinationals, along with several managed service providers, telecoms firms and enterprise customers.

Customer contracts have an average contract term greater than three years.

Matthew Madden, CEO of DXN, said: “The agreement is another example, following the acquisition of DC3 from TasmaNet in February 2020, of how DXN will deliver on its vision to develop and grow edge data centres.

“Our goal is to continue to expand our carrier-neutral edge data centre footprint in Australia, the South Pacific and SE Asia. This is expected to include fully-owned facilities and facilities built or managed on behalf of third-party owners,” said Madden.

Paul Grist, MD of SDC, added: “The agreement with DXN helps us realise the potential for SDC. In connecting with a national and international network, SDC will become a gateway into the Northern Territory.

“We are really proud of what we have achieved but are very excited about the journey ahead.”