Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:55

NextDC Brisbane data centre scores tier IV Gold certification


Data centre operator NextDC’s B2 Brisbane data centre has received Tier IV Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability from Uptime Institute.

NextDC claims it is the first data centre operator in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve the Tier IV Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability in recognition of its “world-leading operations and setting new standards for the technology industry”.

The company also says the certification highlights its excellence in managing long-term operational risks and behaviours, and showcasing its commitment to customers to be “robustly reliable, highly efficient and in ensuring 100% uptime”.

Uptime Institute’s Gold Operational Sustainability standard recognises the human factors in running a data centre to meet fault tolerant standards, and includes climate-change preparedness and the growing need for edge computing, outage risk mitigation, energy efficiency, increasing rack density, and staffing trends.

Phil Collerton, chief revenue officer at Uptime Institute, said: “NextDC is now leading the market in the southern hemisphere for operational excellence. As an existing holder of Tier IV certifications for its facility design and engineering, the operational sustainability certifications means the people at NextDChave been certified in their processes, which aligns the company’s Gold standards throughout the business.”

The Brisbane B2 data centre is one of NextDC’s eight data centres across Australia, with three more under development in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.  

NextDC says the three new data centres will add an additional 180MW of capacity, taking the company’s total capacity to 300MW megawatts across the country.

“Achieving Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Gold Certification for Operational Sustainability is an outstanding achievement by our team and highlights our commitment to our customers and their business objectives to guarantee 100% uptime and the fault tolerance of our critical infrastructure,” said Simon Cooper, chief of Operations at NextDC.

“The most important aspect of a data centre is its operations, and the data centres we build and operate meet the highest possible operational standards."

NextDC also holds certifications from Uptime Institute for Tier III and Tier IV in design and as constructed and Tier III Gold in operational sustainability.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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