Macquarie’s Telecom managing director government Aidan Tudehope says the expansion will allow customers to bring more services into the Canberra data centre “as momentum continues to build upon the federal government’s cloud first policy for planned new and renewed ICT investments by agencies”.
“Our Canberra data centre is purpose-built to meet the security needs of federal government customers, providing them a secure environment to host data and deploy cloud services. The government’s need for security has never been higher, as was highlighted in the review of the eCensus failure last year.
“There is a growing realisation that transition to cloud and ‘baked in’ security can, and should, go hand in hand – in fact, the right cloud solution can be much more secure than legacy government systems.
“We take pride in being local, continuously investing in onshore call centres and support engineers, to provide unparalleled customer service.”
Macquarie says the data centre expansion includes:
• New purpose-built secure data halls;
• Environmentally-friendly chilled water-cooling systems taking advantage of the cooler Canberra climate;
• Rack-power resiliency;
• Diesel generator back-up;
• Monitoring around the clock for power and plant systems; and
• Direct connection to ICON fibre network.