Perth IX builds new datacentre with APC

Datacentre provider claims WA resources boom creating a lot of pent-up demand for hosted datacentres in Perth

Datacentre services business, Perth IX, has built a second datacentre facility in response to a rapid rise in demand for hosted IT.

The tier-three facility provides 'n + 1' backup for all objects within the datacentre. Perth IX managing director, Kim Gray, said the need for tier-three datacentres was increasing because customers were unwilling to accept the risk of downtime.

Perth IX's has already pre-sold 50 per cent of capacity in the new datacentre. Its first datacentre is 100 per cent occupied. Gray attributed the rapid increase in hosted datacentre demand to the resources boom in WA.

"Datacentre market trends generally cascade out of the US, into Sydney and Melbourne and then eventually arrive at Perth. It's happening much quicker at the moment though as Perth office buildings have not been built to handle the massive power requirements of a datacentre," Gray said. "Land space is becoming expensive for hosting the datacentre in the office building as well."

Gray bought Perth IX out of administration two years ago when its original datacentre facility was at 20 per cent capacity. The new datacentre was built with the support of infrastructure vendor, APC.

"We're not a corporate datacentre, so we needed to get things underway for the least amount of money we possibly could," Gray said. "APC allowed us to build our datacentre as demand required, without compromise on the technological requirements."