Fujitsu buys Exodus data centre for a song

Fujitsu buys Exodus data centre for a song

Fujitsu Australia has purchased a 7,000 square metre Internet data centre (IDC) from Exodus Communications, after the US-based hosting company fell into financial troubles last year.

The data centre, located in Sydney, is one of many IDCs sold in a global asset sale to recover funds from the sunken service provider. The majority of the Exodus business (including several data centres, the company brand name and intellectual property), were snapped up by Cable and Wireless for $US850 million.

Fujitsu did not disclose how much it paid for the Sydney data centre, except to say that it was a "multimillion-dollar purchase". What is certain is that the facility was snapped up at a bargain price.

"It would certainly be fair to say it was acquired at below what it would have cost Exodus to build it," said Peter McFarlane, executive general manager of services at Fujitsu Australia.

The acquisition marks new territory for Fujitsu Australia, which had been providing limited hosting services only on a case-by-case basis for selected customers. Fujitsu has a number of IDCs in Japan and is planning on expanding its presence globally, McFarlane said.

"We can now offer far greater capabilities for hosting customers," he said. "We can offer much higher bandwidth and levels of availability."

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