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Spark Digital opens Takanini Data Centre
Posted on 31-Oct-2014 07:39. | Tags Filed under: News.

Spark Digital today opened one of New Zealand's safest, most secure buildings with a $60 million investment in its new Takanini Data Centre.

“At Spark Digital we believe the future for New Zealand business is digital and we are bringing about that future by investing in infrastructure and expertise,” says Spark Digital CEO Tim Miles.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a start-up business, an SME beavering away in the engine room of the New Zealand economy or a major government or private enterprise our range of Spark Cloud Services can provide the spark that powers your data engine and digital future.”

The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, opened the hi-tech building that features security controlled biometric access, a bullet-proofed and fire-proofed security centre and the data centre building mounted on rubberised bearings to provide earthquake proofing.

Multiple electricity sources back-up the electricity supply to the data halls while both the electricity and cooling systems are demand linked for efficiency and sustainability. The building’s foundations stretch 19 metres down to bedrock while its position on top of soft peat protects the hall from vibration – an important feature for data storage. It’s positioned away from flight paths but close to road transport and data fibre links and is in an area rated as a low risk from tsunami.

“This is as good as it can get in New Zealand with its Tier 3 international rating. That means our customers can expect zero to a maximum 1.6 hours unplanned down time in a year when utilising our services,” says Mr Miles. “The next level of international rating is military grade and can’t be built here because we don’t have competing national electricity networks.

The state-of-the art data centre is the flagship project in an ongoing $200 million investment by Spark Digital in its Spark Cloud Services. The investment includes the acquisition of leading cloud service providers Revera and Appserv, the building of a Christchurch data centre to support the rebuild, an upgrade to the existing Dunedin data centre and the soon-to-be completed construction of a third data centre in Wellington.

“We’ve been managing data centres for 25 years and with 15 centres across the country, linked by our high-speed, high grade Optical Transmission Network, we have the flexibility necessary to provide services to any New Zealand business.

“The two key services we are providing are co-location where we provide high quality, high availability data centres and infrastructure management for customer owned servers and storage equipment, and cloud services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

“That’s where we provide the computing power on a variable basis to meet demands and the customer only pays for what they need. This is a service that we can quickly scale up or down to meet the rapid growth patterns that successful digital businesses often achieve. Investing in similar capability and security of access is a considerable cost for most businesses.”
Mr Miles stressed the scalability and flexibility available from the Takanini Data centre with four 100 rack data halls in the current building and the capacity to increase that to 1200 racks to meet future expected demand.

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