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DCI Data Centers is entering the Canberra data centre market with a 20MW site in the Poplars Innovation Precinct in Jerrabomberra.

DCI has secured land and power to build its CBR01 20MW, Tier-III, Zone 3+, secure cloud edge data centre, which is expected to go into service in 2024.

DCI chair and Brookfield managing director Udhay Mathialagan said this new facility will be the first to respond to the Federal Government's desire for geographical and supply chain diversity for its workloads.

"This new data centre is the first site to offer true resiliency in power provision that not only answers a call from the government to support their cloud first strategy, but will provide unparalleled security for our customers. It will also be one of the major contributors in driving urban development within the new Precinct," he said.

CBR01 will operate on a separate grid to Canberra, thanks to an arrangement between DCI, Poplars and other power users to have Essential Energy build a new 132kV power line to Poplars.

"This separate grid will support cloud services and provides resilience for the Canberra market and capital region. It also means that with our commitment to the site, we will expedite the development of the precinct which will positively impact the region for future generations," said Mathialagan.

DCI ANZ CEO Malcolm Roe said CBR01 will complete the company's plan for the country. It will join the data centres that are operating or under development in Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin.

"We have been aggressively implementing our growth strategy over the last two years which will inject $1.5 billion into the Australian economy and transform the way we work into the future," he said.

He added "Our approach to construction has a laser focus on sustainability, including industry-leading delivery of new cooling technologies which significantly enhance our power and water utilisation effectiveness. This allows our customers to achieve a substantial reduction in energy costs and environmental emissions.

"Our growing Australian data centre footprint will be in the region of 100MW by 2024."

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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