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CDC opens new Auckland hypercale data centres, more planned

CDC Data Centres (CDC) has opened its first two hyperscale data centres in Auckland. 

The data centres were officially opened this week by the Hon. Dr David Clark, Minister for Digital Economy and Communications.

As well as the opening of the two new centres, CDC Data Centres announced it had made further land purchases for its next hyperscale centres in Silverdale and Hobsonville.

CDC Founder and chief executive officer Greg Boorer told an audience of around 160 industry leaders at Silverdale, the location of CDCs first hyperscale centre in Auckland, that the company was committed to further investment and growth in Aotearoa New Zealand.

"Today is an important milestone for CDC. After an investment of close to half a billion dollars, we are proud to lead the way in the development of hyperscale data centres in New Zealand," says Boorer.

"Silverdale and Hobsonville have been operational since August and already we are increasing their combined capacity by 12 MW," he says.

"The demand here is strong for these state-of-the-art, highly secure, sovereign, sustainable facilities and CDC has secured land in Tmaki Makaurau, where we plan to further expand our Silverdale and Hobsonville campuses."

The Hon Dr David Clark, Minister for Digital Economy and Communications, officially opened the new Silverdale data centre alongside Mr Boorer and CDC's New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Kirker.

"The Tamaki Makaurau campuses are now home to the largest, most secure data centres enabling the operation of national critical infrastructure that underpins the security, social and economic wellbeing of all New Zealanders," says Kirker.

"Our investment of around $NZ500 million has also seen this region benefit economically, with hundreds of jobs created and significant business opportunities generated across a supply chain of local vendors and manufacturers within the region," he says.

"We expect to create more of these opportunities, as well as ongoing, highly skilled technology jobs, as CDC continues to grow and expand its operations in New Zealand."

Kirker says he was particularly proud of the industry-leading sustainability features of the Silverdale and Hobsonville centres.

"From our first day of operations Silverdale and Hobsonville have been powered by 100 per cent renewable and carbon zero certified energy," he says.

"Further, we are on-track to be Toit net carbon zero certified in May 2023.

"CDC is deeply committed to sustainability and delivering clean and green data centres that align with national interests and the expectations of our customers, investors and broader community."

CDC currently operates 13 data centres across six campuses in Auckland, Canberra and Sydney and is building a new data centre campus in Melbourne.

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