Story image

Kiwi data centers & a brief history of 220 Queen Street

13 Sep 17

A New Zealand data center is experiencing exponential growth, forcing the company to expand into a new, custom-built space in Auckland's CBD.

Located on Queen Street in Auckland, DataCentre220 has been focused on designing and constructing a new space within the same building to cater to the company’s growth.

With a focus on connectivity, DataCentre220 is set on staying at 220 Queen Street due to its exceptional connectivity available to customers.

Come to be known simply as The Data Center, DataCentre220 has another reason for staying at the same location – the company’s founder, Dr. Martin Spencer, also owns the building and is, therefore, able to make any significant changes required to house an expanding data center.

But that’s is not all that thing drawing the company to this building. The building at 220 Queen Street was constructed by AMP to high specifications. It was the first air conditioned and the first high-rise building in New Zealand.

DataCentre220 say the building’s incredibly high standards for construction make it of the few multi-storey buildings strong enough to support the weight of a data centre.

Spencer says, “A second and very important reason for our attractiveness to clients is that unlike most data centres, we do not make a recurring charge for cross connects.”

“Most of DataCentre220’s competitors charge a monthly fee for cross connects, or otherwise ‘clip the ticket’ on bandwidth used, and this revenue can be a significant proportion of their total income, often 15 to 20%.”

Since its establishment eight years ago, DataCentre220 is now known as one of the most connected facilities in the country, housing a total of 41 networks.

As a result of the expansion, a new floor has been opened and as it fills with clients, the remaining area will be developed to make the entire floor a dedicated data center space.

Clients have already started moving into the new space. Some of DataCentre220’s clients include Megaport, Cloudflare, Pipe Networks, and Superloop.  

MulteFire announces industrial IoT network specification
The specification aims to deliver robust wireless network capabilities for Industrial IoT and enterprises.
Google Cloud, Palo Alto Networks extend partnership
Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks have extended their partnership to include more security features and customer support for all major public clouds.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Schneider Electric's bets for the 2019 data centre industry
From IT and telco merging to the renaissance of liquid cooling, here are the company's top predictions for the year ahead.
China to usurp Europe in becoming AI research world leader
A new study has found China is outpacing Europe and the US in terms of AI research output and growth.
Fujitsu’s WA data centre undergoing efficiency upgrade
Fujitsu's Malaga data centre in Perth has hit a four-star rating from National Australia Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).
Google says ‘circular economy’ needed for data centres
Google's Sustainability Officer believes major changes are critical in data centres to emulate the cyclical life of nature.
How to keep network infrastructure secure and available
Two OVH executives have weighed in on how network infrastructure and the challenges in that space will be evolving in the coming year.