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NEXTDC brings new data centre to Western Australia's Perth

By Catherine Knowles
Tue 4 Aug 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

NEXTDC, the Australia-based Data Center as a Service provider has announced a new data center in Perth.

The new data center, P2 Perth, is a 20MW specialised hyperscale cloud colocation facility located in the CBD.

P2 will be Perth’s only Uptime Tier IV certified, fault tolerant data center for 'Design, Constructed Facility and Gold Operational Sustainability'.

Essentially, it forms a digital interconnectivity hub for local organisations looking for greater connectivity capability to critical digital services - such as public cloud onramps - at the closest proximity.

As such, organisations now have the ability to directly connect to the only locally available cloud onramps for Microsoft ExpressRoute and AWS, directly hosted at P1 via NEXTDC’s virtual connectivity platform, AXON.

AXON is a high-speed connectivity platform that supports the integration and deployment of cloud and connectivity services that enable organisations to build scalable environments.

P2 is directly connected to NEXTDC’s P1 Perth data center in Malaga via NEXTDC’s Data Center Interconnect (DCI) services. This includes integration of ICT services and platforms across NEXTDC’s Perth data center footprint.

P2 brings together Perth’s new high capacity, high-speed submarine cable networks that connect Perth to South-east Asia and Sydney; routes that embed the region into the global digital economy, NEXT DC states.

More specifically, P2 directly connects Perth by subsea cable to Singapore and Sydney. These networks, supported by NEXTDC’s data centers, offer Western Australia accelerated opportunities to trade, partner and compete globally, the company states.

The opening was officiated by Hon. Dave Kelly, Western Australia’s Minister of ICT and Innovation and was attended by key figures from the WA technology, enterprise and government sectors, as well as chair commissioner, Mr Andrew Hammond, parliamentary secretary to the premier, Mr John Carey and local council members.

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

“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.”

The Minister for Innovation and ICT Hon. Dave Kelly MLA says, “The McGowan Government recognises the critical importance of data to WA’s economic development and jobs growth. It underpins a number of sectors in WA including mining and energy, life sciences, agri-tech, defence, space and new technology businesses.

“Facilities like the P2 Hyperscale data center 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.”

Kelly says, “I’d like to congratulate NEXTDC on the official opening of their new data center here in Perth. This significant investment into Perth further connects Western Australia to the global economy and is yet another example of why WA is a great place to do business."

Key stakeholders also commented on the opening of the data center.

Vocus chief executive of enterprise and government Andrew Wildblood, says, “We are excited to be working with NEXTDC and the new P2 facility. We are seeing increasing demand for digitisation, particularly in this COVID world where organisations are forced to think about their business models and working in a different way.

“We also see the demand from mining, oil and gas customers in Western Australia who are accelerating their digitisation plans through fibre technology and requirements for data centers.

“Being interconnected to P2 is very important for us here at Vocus, and we are excited to be working with NEXTDC, bringing the best of our fibre networks and the best of a brand new data center to Western Australia.”

Superloop CEO Drew Kelton says, “We are starting to see the benefits of our infrastructure investments in Australia and South East Asia.

“INDIGO joins these markets together, and in conjunction with NEXTDC provides a springboard for Australian businesses expanding into Asia, or Asian businesses seeking a foothold in Australia.”

In a statement NEXTDC commented on the construction of the continues to uphold the strong environmental sustainability principles their data centers have become synonymous for.

P2 champions the newest engineering innovations in technology and operational best practises and will set a new industry benchmark for power efficiency in Perth, helping to support organisations in making smart technology decisions that are great for business and the environment.

Chris Palandri, regional managing director for Multiplex, the lead construction partner on the P2 project says, “It’s fantastic to see P2 officially open after completing the project on time and on budget.

"Constructing Perth’s first Tier IV data center required an immense focus on quality and we’re incredibly proud of the end result, with P2 delivering a world-class digital infrastructure asset for WA.”

Scroggie says, “It’s an exciting time for Perth, as we gear up to take a quantum leap forward in the attraction of Western Australia as a region to invest and do business. We are excited to pull back the curtain to P2, and provide a platform for local businesses to take their unique value to the world.”

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