Metronode pumps $150M into major infrastructure expansion

Metronode pumps $150M into major infrastructure expansion

The money will be pumped into the construction of new facilities in Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong

Inside Metronode's NSW Government next-generation datacentre

Inside Metronode's NSW Government next-generation datacentre

Data centre operator, Metronode, has revealed plans to spend more than $150 million in infrastructure projects in 2017.

The fresh investment will be pumped into the construction of new facilities in Derrimut, Melbourne, Silverwater in Sydney and Unanderra in Wollongong.

Construction is already underway for an expansion at its world-class facility at Unanderra, Wollongong. The entire Unanderra project is expected to be completed in 10 months from start to finish, the company said.

Metronode has had a data centre in Unanderra for several years, with the NSW Government’s GovDC (Government Data Centre) as the major tenant.

With the construction of the second data hall, there will now be co-location services available for Illawarra enterprise and commercial customers as well as GovDC, the company said.

“Metronode has been trusted by the NSW Government to build and operate data centres since 2012, helping them to consolidate 160 data centres into two Metronode facilities. We look forward to welcoming local Illawarra businesses into our new Unanderra hall,” Metronode CEO, David Yuile, said.

Director of government digital communities and marketplace services, Derek Paterson, claims that the two built-for-purpose data centres in Silverwater and Unanderra deliver the “highest standards in security, availability and efficiency to the public sector”.

“Energy-efficiency is a key feature of our data centres, with the Unanderra and Silverwater facilities awarded an impressive NABERS 4.5 data centre rating. The GovDC program has been hugely successful and Metronode’s expansion is timely as the demand for data centres grows,” he said.

The new facility at Unanderra will be completed in November 2017.

Meanwhile, Yuile said that the company is also making good progress on a Melbourne expansion.

“We are in the final stages of an 8MW expansion in Melbourne for a major international customer constructed in record time and the Unanderra build will be completed by November 2017,” Yuile said.

The investment comes roughly six months after the company revealed it was set to begin construction on new data halls at its Silverwater and Unanderra facilities to accommodate growing demand from the New South Wales Government.

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