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Macquarie Telecom’s North Ryde datacentre secures anchor client

Macquarie Telecom’s North Ryde datacentre secures anchor client

Also implements managed hosting services with Roses Only Group and included additional datacentre site on the Data Centre Facilities Panel

Telecommunications company, Macquarie Telecom (ASX: MAQ), has signed a multi-million dollar deal with News Limited to extend the scope of hosting agreement to include a new datacentre.

News Limited has become an anchor client at Macquarie Telecom’s new Macquarie Park datacentre, Intellicentre 2.

News Limited has been a client at Macquarie Telecom’s Intellicentre 1 datacentre for more than five years.

The multi-million dollar deal will see Macquarie Telecom hosting additional News Limited applications and data at Intellicentre 2.

Macquarie Telecom managing director for hosting, Aidan Tudehope, said, “We have focused on sustainability, security and full N+1 redundancy for all essential elements including electrical, mechanical and telecoms, in order to provide our customers with enterprise-grade hosting and Cloud services.”

Intellicentre 2 has been designed to meet critical quality standards including ASIO T4 Intruder Resistant, Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) Gateway certification, Payment Card Industry (PCI DSS) certification and ISO27001 certification.

Worth $60 million, Intellicentre 2 will open in the first half of 2012. Macquarie Telecom is in discussions with a number of other potential anchor tenants.

It also recently included an additional datacentre site on the Data Centre Facilities Panel, established by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).

Macquarie Telecom has been approved to provide datacentre facilities to all Government agencies under the Financial Management and Accountability Act (FMA Act).

With the addition of the proposed Intellicentre 4 (IC4) datacentre, Macquarie Telecom has four separate sites for datacentre facilities included on the panel. IC4 is one of two new proposed data centre locations being announced by Macquarie Telecom.

“IC4 is a key element within the significant investments plans we have developed to support our growing government business in Canberra. The inclusion of IC4 on the Data Centre Facilities Panel enables us to actively canvass the government market for foundation customers to serve the growing demand for reliable and secure onshore datacentre capacity,” Tudehope said.

Macquarie Telecom is seeking anchor tenants for IC3 and IC4.

The company has also implemented managed hosting services as part of a three-year hosting agreement with an Australian online fresh produce delivery company, the Roses Only Group.

The newly implemented managed server hosting environment was in operation as the Roses Only Group met peak demand for Valentine’s Day this year.

The Group chose Macquarie Telecom’s managed hosting services to provide them with the ability and flexibility to operate in a secure and PCI-compliant environment.

The solution offers the ability to burst infrastructure on demand and also allows the company to monitor the health of the hosted platform through the use of Macquarie Telecom’s self-management, real-time visibility tool, InView.

“As the NBN approaches, there are many businesses either transitioning online or ramping up their online presence. Our partnership with Roses Only Group will allow the organisation to focus on its core business, whilst we manage its hosting requirements and mission critical infrastructure,” Tudehope said.


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