New IC3 Super West data centre coming to Sydney

Thursday, 15 July, 2021

New IC3 Super West data centre coming to Sydney

Macquarie Data Centres, part of the Macquarie Telecom Group, is establishing a new data centre at its Macquarie Park Data Centre campus in Sydney. Intellicentre 3 Super West is being designed, constructed and operated to meet the needs of corporate, government and multinational customers and enhance NSW’s cybersecurity infrastructure capabilities.

Macquarie has commenced a State Significant Development Application process to build the 32 MW IT load facility. The Macquarie Park Data Centre facility will be the largest data centre on the campus, bringing the total IT load of the campus to 50 MW. Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Super West is being designed to seamlessly interconnect with IC3 East.

The project is forecast to create more than 1200 jobs in construction, engineering, cybersecurity and other fields. Construction of Phase 1 of IC3 Super West is due to be completed in the second half of 2023, subject to final board approvals, with planning permission to be granted in early 2022. David Tudehope, CEO of Macquarie Telecom Group, believes the data centre will attract new investment into Australia from multinationals looking to expand into the Asia–Pacific region.

“The NSW digital economy is rapidly growing, and this project will create world-class infrastructure and valuable long-term jobs in the digital and cybersecurity sector,” said Tudehope.

IC3 Super West is designed to achieve Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC) Zone 4 or higher security, ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (information security), PCI DSS 3.2, ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety), ISO 14001 (environment management), and a range of other security and safety standards. The Macquarie Park Data Centre campus will also be home to the Sovereign Chair Security Centre of Excellence, with an integrated mix of leading-edge physical and virtual infrastructure designed to monitor and manage cybersecurity events. The centre will be monitored by trained engineers equipped with the latest tools.

David Hirst, Macquarie Data Centres Group Executive, said the global-scale data centre will be one of the most certified facilities in the region. “Data is growing exponentially, and we have demonstrated time and time again our ability to deliver infrastructure to meet that growth. Our data centres are sovereign, secure and certified to manage Australia’s most important data and drive the digital economy,” said Hirst.

The announcement follows the successful completion of Macquarie’s IC3 East (Phase 1) facility at its Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus. The company’s data centre services have been in high demand, with circa 10 MW IT load contracted with a leading global corporation at the Macquarie Park Campus in November 2020, with the fit-out works in relation to that contract due for completion in late 2021 or early 2022.

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