IBM has announced the official launch of its new NZ$80 million data centre at Highbrook Business Park in Auckland, New Zealand. The new data centre enables IBM to deliver a range of Cloud services to the NZ market including Virtual Server Services and hosted private cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructure services.
Meeting the highest IBM data centre design, smart building technology and energy efficiency standards, the 5,200m˛ scalable facility is rated an IBM Reliability Level 3+ data centre. It boasts the highest levels of data centre reliability, according to IBM’s globally recognised data centre rating system. IBM’s high level resiliency, security and sustainability standards have been applied across all aspects of the new facility, including office and delivery areas.
With 400+ data centres located across the globe, IBM drew on its extensive experience when developing the New Zealand new data centre. The result is an innovative building design and new energy-saving technologies that are ‘firsts’ for IBM and for data centres worldwide.
These include a centralised humidification and dehumidification system, cost-efficient rain water harvesting system and advanced monitoring and metering that ensures optimal building performance.
“Ready access to renewable energy from a variety of natural resources presents significant opportunities to New Zealand data centre and data storage market,” said NZICT CEO Brett O’Riley. “The IBM data centre reinforces the importance of green ICT for New Zealand in seeking to host data nationally, and for major international players. Coupled with planned new international connectivity, New Zealand will now have an extremely compelling proposition.”
“The launch of the IBM data centre in New Zealand marks a major step forward in the development of the country’s technology infrastructure,” said Jennifer Moxon, Managing Director, IBM New Zealand. “As New Zealand’s economy continues to grow, IBM’s data centre will provide a platform for businesses to drive increased efficiencies, improved productivity and greater innovation.”
The IBM data centre will provide both mid-sized and large organisations with a range of services, from strategic outsourcing and managed hosted services through to virtual server services.
The 5,200m˛ facility includes a 1500m˛ column-free raised floor accommodating approximately 720 server racks. Its modular structure is designed to provide the flexibility to meet expected client demand for the next 15 years.