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DCI Data Centers building 20MW secure cloud edge data centre in Canberra

DCI Data Centers (DCI) is set to build a 20MW, TIER-III, Zone 3+, secure cloud edge data centre, called CBR01, to service the Canberra market.

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Thu, 04 Aug 2022
DCI Data Centers building 20MW secure cloud edge data centre in Canberra
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Aimed at challenging the Canberra market, DCI Data Centers (DCI) kicks off the initial 20MW facility build after recently securing land and power in the Poplars Innovation Precinct, Jerrabomberra.

According to Udhay Mathialagan, DCI Data Centers chair and Brookfield managing director, DCI is the first to respond to the Commonwealth's mandate to provide geographical and supply chain diversity for government and public cloud workloads at scale.

"This new data centre is the first site to offer true resiliency in power provision that not only answers a call from the government to support their cloud-first strategy, but will provide unparalleled security for our customers.


"It will also be one of the major contributors in driving urban development within the new precinct," Mathialagan said.

To unlock the site's development potential by removing barriers for other like-minded businesses to set up at Poplars, a multi-party agreement and investment between DCI, Poplars and other power users will see Essential Energy build a new 132kV power line to the precinct. This means CBR01 will be designed to operate on a separate grid to Canberra.

"This separate grid will support cloud services and provides resilience for the Canberra market and Capital Region.

"It also means that with our commitment to the site, we will expedite the development of the precinct which will positively impact the region for future generations," Mathialagan said.

According to Malcolm Roe, DCI CEO for Australia and New Zealand, their fleet of highly certified data centres purposely located in Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin and now in the greater Canberra area completes DCIs Australian strategic growth plan to provide a protective ring around the country.

"We are delighted to announce that CBR01 closes the loop with the Canberra and Capital Region at our core.

"We have been aggressively implementing our growth strategy over the last two years which will inject $1.5 billion into the Australian economy and transform the way we work into the future," Roe said.

The new data centre will have an initial capacity of 20MW, with eight data halls and dedicated secure offices and storage over the 4.0-hectare site.

To address emerging customer demands, the data centre design aims to bring together environmentally efficient technologies and construction methods.

"Our approach to construction has a laser focus on sustainability, including industry leading delivery of new cooling technologies which significantly enhance our power and water utilisation effectiveness.

"This allows our customers to achieve a substantial reduction in energy costs and environmental emissions.

"Our growing Australian data centre footprint will be in the region of 100MW by 2024," Roe said.

DCI is an Australian data centre builder, owner and operator who has demonstrated an operational track record, with a host of industry recognised accreditations and certifications.

Staffed by an executive team with government clearances, DCI is also the first to commit to Poplars, which has a focus on defence, space, cyber security and high-tech manufacturing sectors.

CBR01 will be ready for service in 2024.

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