Hyperscale data centre specialist, AirTrunk, has launched the first stage of its new facility in West Melbourne.
This marks AirTrunk’s second facility in the Asia Pacific region, with the first located in Sydney that was launched in September.
The new facility features a total capacity in excess of 50 megawatts of IT load across 20 data halls. This will make AirTrunk Melbourne the largest carrier-neutral data centre in Victoria, the company said.
AirTrunk CEO and founder, Robin Khuda, said the lack of hyperscale platforms that can support the rapid growth of cloud and content services in the region, led to its decision to launch a new facility.
“The adoption of cloud services continues to climb at an incredible rate. And as this data grows, technology companies need the flexibility to scale up their data requirements quickly, securely and efficiently,” he said.
Like the flagship Sydney facility, the Melbourne data centre is designed for large cloud, content and enterprise customers who require a secure and reliable solution for housing high volumes of information, and also meets the Australian Government’s high security requirements.
Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis said AirTrunk’s investment in Western Melbourne would reinforce Victoria’s position as a leading technology hub in the Asia-Pacific region and drive employment within the state.
“With around 200 jobs during construction and more permanent roles when operational, this will have a positive impact on local employment,” Dalidakis said.
AirTrunk plans to unveil other facilities throughout the Asia-Pacific region in the near future, the company said.
The first stage launch of the new hyperscale facility comes after the Singaporean technology start-up raised $400 million from investment bank, Goldman Sachs, specifically to build out two flagship data centre sites in Australia – one in Melbourne, and the other in Sydney.