Backup and business continuity services provider Plan B chose Schneider Electric to build its SXDC Tier 2+ Data Centre in Tawa in New Zealand, enabling niche data centre network solutions to safeguard business data.
More than 30 new cloud, IT and network service providers have arranged to deploy in ME1, Equinix's first Melbourne data centre.
SAP has allocated $150m towards opening a data centre in Canberra to provide cloud services for government agencies, as well as an institute that will develop new digital government capabilities.
Pacnet will offer network and managed services to New South Wales Government departments using the consolidated Silverwater data centre.
With big data and services growing six times faster than the overall ICT market, data centre operations must be capable of handling the rapidly increasing costs that come with retention of big data so as to save money and cut down on inefficiencies.
The real estate mantra is 'location, location, location' - which often means 'inner city'. But for data centres this is no longer necessarily true, especially when easy access to energy and low-cost rent in rural and regional areas is factored in.
Telstra has arranged to link up with Equinix data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, and to extend its Telstra Cisco Intercloud rollout into Singapore and Hong Kong.
Lockheed Martin Australia, NEC Australia and other technology partners will help consolidate the Department of Defence's 280 data centres down to just 14.
The cloud and virtualisation are changing the data centre playing field, but the technology is not necessarily the most important aspect to consider. Reliability, support, user experience and legal issues remain critical.