Hostworks stakes data centre foothold

Adelaide is playing host to one of the country's most sophisticated new IT facilities after the opening of Hostworks Data Centre in suburban Kidman Park today.

Hostworks, a private company formed by 1988 Young Australian of the year winner and current CEO Marty Gauvin, raised $7.5 million in two capital raisings this year to fund the new centre.

"Our service is fairly unique in that we provide a fully managed and large-scale service," said Gauvin. "It hosts 12 of the country's top 100 sites, more than any other hosting organisation in that category."

Hostwork's customers range from high-volume business-to-consumer sites like share-trading and banking services to streaming media companies, other media portals and application service providers. It currently hosts sites for around 30 customers on the 90-server data centre, but according to Gauvin, is poised for intense growth. It is currently using 30 racks of space, but has the capacity to grow to 500 racks.

Hostworks has gone to some extreme measures to make sure the Data Centre is secure. The building is bomb, earthquake and ram-raid proof, is secured by three separate alarm systems and serviced by three electricity supplies and four fibre optic supplies, two each from Cable and Wireless Optus and Telstra.

"We are offering service-level guarantees of 99.9 per cent availability, fast response times to any problems and high performance across the Internet," Gauvin said.