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Drive for data to have regional base

Drive for data to have regional base

 

With the opening of a new data centre in Townsville, industry experts are calling for the data industry to think regionally.

BRISBANE based data centre, cloud and connectivity provider iseek opened the state-of-the-art data centre this month, after extensive consultation with local council.

Founder and managing director of iseek, Jason Gomersall says the decision to locate in Townsville was based, in part, on demand from government agencies and corporate organisations in the region.

That nearby businesses and agencies led the demand for the North Queensland data centre is reflective of a growing trend of businesses wanting to be physically closer to their digital data, as well as an increased understanding of the benefits of locating data centres regionally, Mr Gomersall says.

“Government organisations and corporates are all starting to focus more on their data centres. It is increasingly important for these organisations that they know where their data is hosted and who is hosting it,” Mr Gomersall says.

The spreading of data centres across a broader geographic area also makes sense from a safety and security standpoint, Mr Gomersall says.

“Having all these data centres located within such close proximity to each other, as we currently do in Australia, seems counterintuitive.”

“Especially when you consider city locations are significantly more expensive than regional areas. It’s about property, people, and power – which are all more expensive in Sydney.”

“Locating data centres in regional areas around Australia makes sense on a number of levels. It lowers the overall security risk, stimulates the economy in regional areas, and reduces the overall running costs.”

“I believe the government should be working to have data centres spread throughout Australia,” Mr Gomersall says.

 

Local economic impact

The centre has been welcomed with open arms by local council, with whom Mr Gomersall consulted closely.

Mr Gomersall says he expects the Townsville centre to contribute significantly to the local economy within five to ten years. A large part of that will be the creation of local jobs.

The economic impact and community benefits of data centres, specifically Google centres, was recently explored in a report from Oxford Economics in the US*. The report found the opening of a Google data centre has a significant benefit on the local economy, creating significant employment and economic opportunities for the communities in which they are located.

Mr Gomersall says he anticipates similar impacts here in Australia, and believes the Townsville centre will demonstrate the measurable economic benefits.

“In particular, I see significant job creation in Townsville over a five-to ten-year period,” Mr Gomersall says of the centre’s potential impact on local employment.”

The issue of data centres and local jobs has been a focal point in the US, where some regional centres faced criticism for transplanting staff from the city, rather than hiring from within the local community.

Mr Gomersall says iseek is committed to employing locals and becoming a positive part of the community.

“We are looking forward to becoming a significant local employer in Townsville, and we’ll do the training to build those skills.”

*Google Data Centers: Economic Impact and Community Benefit, Oxford Economics, 2018

ISEEK EXPANDS BRISBANE DATA CENTRE IN RESPONSE TO INCREASED DEMAND

ISEEK EXPANDS BRISBANE DATA CENTRE IN RESPONSE TO INCREASED DEMAND

CONSTRUCTION has commenced on the expansion of iseek’s data centre in Brisbane, the company’s third facility in the Queensland capital.

The expansion comes as a result of a significant increase in demand from both the corporate and government sectors, including The Queensland Government’s recent appointment of iseek to its information and communication technologies (ICT) supplier panel for the provision of Data Centre as a Service (DCaaS), allowing iseek to provide data centre services to Queensland Government departments, agencies and government-owned corporations.

Founder and managing director of iseek, Jason Gomersall says in addition to government requirements, more and more corporate groups are now seeking external data hosting.

“There is a definite trend where businesses are moving away from hosting themselves, and instead moving their data offsite to a facility like ours,” Mr Gomersall said. “This increased demand has been growing for some time. In response, we are expanding our Brisbane data centre.”

“The new facility will be Uptime Tier 4 certified in its design and built adjacent to an existing iseek data centre, a previous winner of Queensland Development of the Year, which has been described as “the most architecturally significant and energy efficient data centre in Australia”.

As with the existing centre, the new facility will be among the most energy efficient in Australia, with a continued focus on operational efficiencies. The centre uses features such as the incorporation of a free air-cooling system (which can reduce cooling system energy consumption considerably) and LED lighting throughout.

The expansion comes on the back of iseek opening its category 5 rated North Queensland Regional Data Centre (NQRDC) in Townsville this month, building on the company’s 20-year history of providing data centre, cloud and communications services nationally to Australian Corporate & Government companies and International organisations.

About iseek

iseek was founded in Brisbane over 20 years ago and is a leading data centre, cloud services and connectivity provider to enterprise and government with enterprise class data centres located in Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville.

Its purpose-built and engineered data centres provide a robust foundation for its network solutions interconnected via redundant high-speed inter-capital links, in addition to high capacity Internet connections via multiple tier 1 carriers. iseek’s services are also backed by Service Level Guarantees that ensure maximum performance, availability and operation of your business-critical systems.

For more information about iseek’s services, go to: www.iseek.com.au.

iseek and MSR

iseek and MSR

iseek Founder and MD, Jason Gomersall became co-owner of Supercars team Matt Stone Racing earlier this year. The below video details synergies between the tech powerhouse and legendary sports team.

Gentlemen Driver

 

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