Gen-i has today celebrated the official opening of its new $10.5 million Tier 3, data centre in Christchurch by Hon Amy Adams, Minister for Communications and Information Technology. Gen-i’s Christchurch data centre will complement the combined network of 14 (now 15) Gen-i data centres and five Revera Homeland data centres across New Zealand.
This new data centre will boost Gen-i and Revera’s ability to meet growing demand for ICT solutions that harness the speed of new fibre and mobile networks, such as cloud, mobility, video and collaboration.
“Our customers are adopting exciting new applications that harness our fixed and mobile networks to deliver greater flexibility, efficiency, productivity and engagement for their organisations,” says Gen-i CEO Tim Miles. “Data centres sit right at the heart of our capability to deliver these outcomes.”
Miles says the new data centre reflects Gen-i’s broader commitment to ongoing investment in the things that make a real difference for its customers.
“In addition to this new Christchurch facility we’re building another in Auckland, and expanding our existing data centres in Dunedin and Wellington. We’re also now working together with Revera, a leading Cloud provider and the latest addition to the Telecom Group, which further strengthens our data centre network and specialist Cloud capabilities.”
Revera CEO Robin Cockayne says the new data centre is a welcome addition and will help satisfy demand for local data centre and cloud infrastructure services.
“Vast tracts of New Zealand computing are moving to cloud formats. The speed and success of this transformation depends on the integrity of critical infrastructure, which today lives inside cloud calibre data centres, like the Gen-i data centre we open today,” says Cockayne. “New Zealand’s youthful geology and natural disaster risk profile provide further impetus to the establishment of a nationwide Tier-3 data centre grid solution.”
Gen-i’s new Christchurch data centre will host a range of co-location and Cloud services to meet demand from public and private sector clients, in particular those who wish to retain their data within New Zealand to ameliorate security and regulatory compliance concerns.
The new facility was built to the latest building code and seismic standards on a Perimeter Road site within the Christchurch International Airport campus, chosen for its geological stability relative to the wider Christchurch area. The new facility is carrier neutral and has capacity to house up to 180 racks across two data halls. It incorporates the key data centre design principles of resilience, energy efficiency, physical security and future flexibility, and will be supported by Gen-i’s 24x7x365 management processes.
Miles says: “It’s fitting that Gen-i’s first new Greenfield data centre is here in Canterbury, at the heart of a great economic and social renewal, and a thriving ICT industry. Christchurch is very much open for business, and gearing up for rapid growth. Gen-i is proud to be part of that, and thrilled we can add this wonderful new facility to our network, to support our clients both here and across New Zealand.”