NEXTDC unveils second WA data centre

31/07/2020 - 10:30

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ASX-listed NEXTDC has officially opened its new 20MW data centre in East Perth, adding further capacity to the company’s existing Malaga facility.

NEXTDC unveils second WA data centre
NEXTDC's new East Perth facility will complement its existing Malaga facility. Photo: NEXTDC

ASX-listed NEXTDC has opened its new 20MW data centre in East Perth, adding further capacity to the company’s existing Malaga facility.

That facility, completed in 2014, cost about $80 million to construct.

The new P2 facility, located on Newcastle Street, will connect to the existing facility, as well as house high-speed submarine cable networks that will connect Perth to Sydney as well as locations throughout South-east Asia.

NEXTDC spent $22 million acquiring the land, and a further $80 million building the facility’s initial capacity.

The facility carries a tier four certification from the Uptime Institute, the only centre of its sort in Western Australia to carry the distinction.

“We are immensely proud of the hard work and innovative thinking that has gone into building P2, our first Tier IV data centre in Perth, and we are thrilled to officially open the doors to WA customers,” NEXTDC chief executive Craig Scroggie said.

“P2 is a critically important digital infrastructure investment for Perth, as it will help to support the extraordinary growth of data, and the reliance on the applications and digital platforms that drive our connected world.”

Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly, who was present for the facility’s opening last night, said the state government recognised data’s importance to the state’s economic development.

“It underpins a number of sectors in WA including mining and energy, life sciences, agri-tech, defence, space and new technology businesses,” Mr Kelly said.

“Facilities like the P2 Hyperscale data centre provide scalable, fast and secure digital infrastructure that will assist WA businesses to operate and innovate.

“They join others in the sector that are helping create and support jobs by harnessing the increasing availability of large volumes of data in WA to grow our existing industries.”

NEXTDC closed trading yesterday at $11.27 per share.

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