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AirTrunk opens second Australian hyperscale data centre

Fri 17 Nov 2017

Hyperscale data centre specialist AirTrunk has opened its second Asia Pacific facility, in West Melbourne.

The facility is the Australian firm’s second data centre, with another in Sydney. Like its sister facility, the site is designed for large cloud, content and enterprise customers, particularly those looking for a ‘secure and reliable solution for housing high volumes of information.’ The site also meets the stringent security requirements set by the Australian government.

Once completed, the site will have a total capacity of more than 50MW across 20 data halls, making the facility the largest carrier-neutral data centre in the Australian state of Victoria.

The firm’s founder and CEO, Robin Khuda, believes that the APAC region has a lack of hyperscale platforms capable of supporting rapid cloud growth and the increase in content services. This has driven the demand for the new site, according to Khuda.

“Complementing our flagship facility in Sydney, AirTrunk Melbourne is the latest milestone in our expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, meeting the needs of customers in this market.

“The adoption of cloud services continues to climb at an incredible rate. And as this data grows, technology companies need the flexibility to scale up their data requirements quickly, securely and efficiently. AirTrunk is uniquely positioned to build innovative hyperscale data centres of the class and scale that meets the needs of our customers today and tomorrow,” he said.

Local officials praised the opening, as part of a drive to keep Victoria a leading technology hub in the Asia Pacific region, noting the job opportunities for locals.

Minister for Trade and Investment, Philip Dalidakis, said: “This facility is a significant investment in our economy and we’re thrilled that AirTrunk has chosen to expand its operations in Western Melbourne. With around 200 jobs during construction and more permanent roles when operational, this will have a positive impact on local employment.”

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