Datacentre provider, NextDC, (ASX: NXT) most recently launched its flagship datacentre, named M1, in Melbourne.
Minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, officially opened the premises.
“As the NBN rolls out across the country, investments such as this become increasingly important. Next-generation facilities like this, together with high-speed broadband are essential to realising the full potential of technologies like Cloud computing,” he said.
Located only 5km southwest of Melbourne CBD, M1 aims to offer corporate, Government, technology and Cloud service providers with the opportunity to collocate their IT and telecommunications infrastructure.
According to the company, M1 is Melbourne’s largest datacentre and demonstrates the next generation in ‘datacentre-as-a-service’.
“NextDC is a real representation of how NBN is acting as a force multiplier for investment in Australia. The NBN and the vision of the digital economy is encouraging investment and innovation in Australia’s ICT landscape” NextDC’s new CEO, Craig Scroggie, said.
NextDC founder and deputy chairman, Bevan Slattery, said the company aims to revolutionise the datacentre services industry in Australia, and the launch of M1 has allowed it to take a step closer to its aspiration.
“In an industry of power-hungry facilities, we are keen to ensure that NextDC is reducing our impact on the environment where possible.
“We have committed to an investment of over $1.2 million in solar power at M1 with a rooftop system that, when complete, will be the largest commercial rooftop solar array in Australia that utilises solar power to offset carbon emissions,” Slattery said.
In the next phase of fitout at M1, NextDC will install tri-generation plant to reduce power consumption and lower carbon emissions.
The company has already invested approximately $80 million in M1 and once fully fitted out, the total investment for the facility is expected to be approximately $130 million.
Once complete, the site will employ 100 new operational and administrative roles.
“We are committed to enabling the Cloud computing revolution in Australia and the M1 facility is immediately attractive to organisations that deliver or consume Cloud computing services,” Scroggie said.
Companies that have partnered with NextDC include: NTT Communications, iiNet, Amcom Telecommunications, Pipe Networks, M2 Telecommunications, Harbour MSP, ASG and Optus.
The opening of M1 follows the NextDC datacentre launch in Brisbane. A facility will soon be opened in Canberra, and another in Sydney and Perth are in the process of being built.