EDS' Adelaide data centre a hollow shell

EDS' Adelaide data centre a hollow shell

Despite so far only attracting two tenants into its Adelaide-based Internet data centre, there is no sign of a shrinking commitment from EDS to the e-commerce services-centric future of the business.

Questions were raised this week by The Australian newspaper about the failure of EDS' prime Australian Web hosting client (ninemsn) to move into its fully functional "Internet data centre" facility in the Adelaide suburb of Kidman Park.

It has been 13 months since consummation of the deal between EDS and ninemsn, but a spokesperson at EDS Adelaide relayed that Bob Young, EDS South Australian operations manager said there was no issue about the Web-giant's absence.

As Australia's largest Website (100 million pages per month), ninemsn is a feather in the local cap of EDS newly formed electronic business solutions (EBS) division which is already worth $2 billion globally and employing 20,000 people, according to EDS.

EDS is a company that has recognised and targeted the potential of the Internet and the vast array of new service provision opportunities it is providing, the spokesperson said.

Web hosting will only be a small part of the Internet based services that EBS will be introducing and expanding"There is a great deal happening in e-business and we have made a huge commitment to it."

The spokesperson confirmed that ninemsn is still a partner and client of EDS and that it is "no big deal" the Microsoft and Nine Network partnership has yet to transfer its Website to the EDS facility.

EDS leased space in an Adelaide bank's data centre and transformed it into a state-of-the-art data and communications centre to support the huge growth it is expecting from Internet-based business-to-business and business-to-government services.

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