Red Cloud to build $40m data centre

30/10/2015 - 14:34

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Perth-based data centre operator Red Cloud has announced plans to build a new $40 million ‘Tier 3’ facility in Hobart, using modular technology.

Red Cloud's first data centre was completed in Perth last month.

Perth-based data centre operator Red Cloud has announced plans to build a new $40 million ‘tier 3’ facility in Hobart, using modular technology.

Red Cloud recently secured funding from an unnamed global bank, and equity backing from new ‘early stage’ technology investors to build the new tier 3 data centre, which will be a first for Tasmania.

The centre will be constructed using factory-produced modules, which will be placed into an existing industrial building converted to include high levels of redundancy and security.

Red Cloud, which was founded by former head of IT firm Alphawest Services Garry Henley, established its first ‘data centre park’ in Perth last month, and is rolling out 10 across the country.

Red Cloud chief executive Carl Woodbridge said Tasmania was the perfect location for the new centre, allowing the organisation and its clientele to capitalise on reduced operating expenditure thanks to free air cooling and lower operating temperatures.

“Providing a tier 3 data centre with the highest level of resilience and security will enable Tasmanian ICT companies with the ability to deliver exceptional services without the latency typically encountered from the mainland,” Mr Woodbridge said.

The facility will scale with demand starting with 150-200 racks and 1 megawatt power, progressively moving to 600 racks and four megawatts.

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