The contract announcement follows Townsville City Council’s collaboration with James Cook University in 2016 to source a provider to build the North Queensland Regional Data Centre (NQRDC), and its signing on as anchor tenants.
iSeek says the data centre will be built to a Category 5 Cyclone rating, and will provide a stable, secure environment for critical infrastructure for local and state government, government agencies, enterprises and local businesses operating in North Queensland.
Jason Gomersall, chief executive, iseek Communications, said: “iseek, in collaboration with Optus and Schneider, is really pleased to have the opportunity to work together on this project. Townsville City Council has ambitious plans for growth and regional development in North Queensland, with James Cook University’s requirements for increased cloud storage facilities being a primary driver for their collaboration in getting this project underway.
The new data centre is expected to be completed in 2019 when the current facility reaches end of life.