IBM has announced that construction has commenced on a state-of-the-art IBM Reliability Level 3+ data centre in Auckland, New Zealand, which is being built to support clients’ mission critical applications and operations.
The company says the announcement marks the beginning of a more than NZD $80 million investment in the data centre over the next decade.
Working in collaboration with New Zealand developer Highbrook Development Limited through a long term leasing and operating commitment, IBM will locate the data centre at Highbrook Business Park in East Tamaki. The 5,200 square metre facility, built to IBM global specifications, will include a 1,500 square metre data centre and is expected to become fully operational by late 2010. Expansion options allow for further stages to be developed as demand rises.
IBM also says its new state-of-the-art facility will be the only commercially available data centre of its calibre in New Zealand. The data centre will be cloud computing enabled, highly resilient and have the environmental protection advantages of IBM's data centre design characterised by energy efficiency, green technologies, scalability and the latest power and cooling technologies.
“This is a highly significant investment in New Zealand’s future technological infrastructure,” said Jennifer Moxon, Managing Director of IBM New Zealand. “It is the result of long term strategic planning and signals IBM’s commitment to enable New Zealand to become a world class technology centre and advances the growth of the digital economy.”
Offering innovative and advanced enterprise wide strategic outsourcing solutions, the state-of-the-art data centre will also include new technologies and services that will enable IBM to deliver cloud computing capabilities to New Zealand clients. Cloud computing uses advanced technologies and global delivery mechanisms to enable individuals to access information and services from any device with extremely high levels of availability and quality of experience.
"On completion, IBM's new data centre will not only give New Zealand businesses access to world class computing facilities, but provide a platform to enable New Zealand to become an internationally recognised provider of outsourcing services," said Matt Oostveen, Datacentre Research Manager, IDC Australia and New Zealand. "Highly reliable and resilient data centres are an important feature in a modern business environment, and IDC expects to see growth in IT services that will directly benefit the local economy as a result of this investment."
"IBM’s new facility is core infrastructure for the 21st century digital economy that the Government and ICT industry are mutually striving to develop,” said Brett O'Riley, Chief Executive Officer, NZICT Group. “It heralds the explosion of software as a service and cloud enabled computing which will drive a step change in productivity and innovation, while its design establishes the benchmark for green ICT in this country."