Monday, 24 January 2022 08:47

US provider Vantage building three data centres in Melbourne Featured

Brian Groen: "We have a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030 across our campuses globally. " Brian Groen: "We have a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030 across our campuses globally. " Supplied

US-based Vantage Data Centres, which focuses on multinational corporations like Microsoft and Cisco, is building a campus in Melbourne with three data centres that will total about 270,000 square feet (25,083 square metres) when complete, the company says.

The centres will include 48MW of critical IT load and will be located on a seven-acre plot.

Asked where exactly the campus would be, APAC president Brian Groen said he could not disclose this right now as "our clients typically express confidentiality requirements to our precise data centre locations".

Groen, who has about 40 years' experience in data centres, public cloud, storage and managed services, told iTWire in response to queries that Vantage would not be immediately trying to gain the certification needed to handle government data.

"At this stage, our focus is on supporting the needs of our hyperscale clients with a priority on their mechanical, electrical and operational requirements," he said.

"The DTA [Digital Transformation Agency] Hosting Certification Framework is a compliance framework that we would work with our cloud service provider clients to gain if that is a requirement from them.

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The Tsuen Wan West Data Centre in Hong Kong which is owned by Vantage. Supplied

"Together with our clients, we have obtained government secure certifications to service government clients in other jurisdictions, and we have experience in the area of secure government cloud provision."

Groen said any any provider catering to hyperscale clients could be classified as a competitor to Vantage.

"In APAC this can be local providers, such as the national telcos in some markets; we also see competition from the western and larger APAC-based co-location providers," he added.

Asked about measures taken to curtail heating, given the current debate around climate change, Groen said the company had committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030 across our campuses globally.

"This will initially be at our new build locations and then cascade through our established sites as we roll through the program of electricity reduction, fuel conversion and energy offsets," he said.

"We are also working with clients to reduce their footprints from simple measures such as temperature and humidity control to onsite renewable energy generation."

Asked about the number of jobs that would be created during the Melbourne construction, Groen said: "During the construction of the campus, there will be hundreds of workers onsite.

"Once the campus is operational, Vantage will have operations/maintenance, facility and security staff running the facilities. Our customers generally have employees onsite as well."

Vantage, which has a number of data centres in the US, recently acquired facilities in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur from PCCW, a household brand in Hong Kong.

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