Gen-i has today announced it will partner with Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) and Canterbury-based Data Centre Design and Build Limited (DCDB) to deliver its new $10.5 million data centre in Christchurch.
The new partnership will provide Gen-i with a premium data centre location on the Christchurch International Airport campus, through a lease agreement with landowner CIAL. CIAL will also construct the data centre building to Gen-i specifications.
DCDB will contribute specialist data centre mechanical and electrical design and fit-out services, and testing and commissioning of the new facility to ensure it meets functional requirements.
Gen-i’s new data centre will be built to the latest building code and seismic standards on a site at Perimeter Road, chosen for its geological stability relative to the wider Christchurch area.
CIAL Chief Executive Jim Boult said: “Gen-i is a key strategic partner for information technology across the airport campus, so it is a pleasure to have them located alongside us as well.”
The new 1000 sq m facility is due to open in mid-2013. It will be carrier neutral and have capacity to house up to 180 racks across two data halls.
DCDB Director Ian Falconer said: “We are pleased to be playing a key role in the development of Gen-i’s new data centre. We provided the initial concept design and have worked closely with Gen-i to complete the full building and fit out design. Our focus is on ensuring the new data centre will be as energy efficient as possible, while maintaining industry standards of resilience for the power and cooling supply.”
Enabling clients to take advantage of ICT applications and services that leverage the rollout of UFB, the new data centre will expand Gen-i’s existing nationwide network of 14 data centres in cities and regional centres, linked by fibre, copper and mobile networks.
The new data centre will complement Gen-i’s two existing Christchurch data centres in Hereford Street and Hillmorton, helping to meet increased demand from clients looking to relocate their infrastructure to Gen-i data centres.
Jo Allison, Acting CEO of Gen-i Australasia, said Gen-i is committed to the success of Christchurch as the South Island’s major business hub.
“We’re particularly pleased to be partnering with local businesses CIAL and DCDB to deliver this critical piece of infrastructure for Christchurch,” said Allison. “The new data centre reflects our ongoing commitment to helping Canterbury businesses re-build, and realise the benefits of the new fibre and mobile networks.”
“Exciting new ICT services such as cloud, mobility, video and collaboration are particularly relevant to Canterbury businesses needing to find new ways of connecting with their staff and customers in a post-quake environment,” said Allison.
“By advising clients on the best mix of fibre, copper and mobile networks, we can ensure they get the best value from their existing assets and these new fibre-based products and services,” she said.