Macquarie Data Centres, part of the Macquarie Telecom Group has announced a new data centre at its Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney.
Macquarie has commenced a State Significant Development Application process today to build the 32-megawatt (MW) IT load facility.
Located in the Sydney North Zone at the Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus the new facility will be the largest data centre on the campus, bringing the total IT load of the campus to 50MW, the company said in a statement.
Called the Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Super West, it will be designed, constructed and operated to meet the needs of corporates, government and multinational customers, the ASX listed company said in a statement.
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Further, it will enhance New South Wales’ cybersecurity infrastructure and capabilities, at a time when there is an increased push for data localisation across many countries.
“This data centre will attract new investment into Australia from multinationals looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region,” said Macquarie Telecom Group CEO David Tudehope.
“The New South Wales digital economy is rapidly growing, and this project will create world-class infrastructure and valuable long-term jobs in the digital and cyber security sector.”
“This global scale data centre will be one of the most certified facilities in the region,” pointed out Macquarie Data Centres Group Executive, David Hirst. “Data is growing exponentially and we have demonstrated time and time again our ability to deliver infrastructure to meet that growth. Our data centres are sovereign, secure and certified to manage Australia’s most important data and drive the digital economy.”
Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Super West is designed to interconnect with IC3 East.
The Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus will also be the home of the Sovereign Cyber Security Centre of Excellence with an integrated mix of leading edge physical and virtual infrastructure designed to monitor and manage cybersecurity events.
The 24/7 centre with be monitored by trained engineers equipped with the latest tools.
The infrastructure and personnel will be housed in IC3 Super West offering a truly Australian sovereign solution to the growing cyber security threats. This will provide vital skills development to the in-demand sector, which needs around 18,000 new workers in Australia by 2026 according to AustCyber.
IC3 Super West is designed to achieve Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC) Zone 4 or higher security, ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (information security), PCI DSS 3.2, ISO 45001(occupational health and safety), ISO 14001 (environmental management), and a host of other security, safety and efficiency standards.
Macquarie expects the project to create more than 1,200 jobs in construction, engineering, cybersecurity, and other fields. Phase 1 of IC3 Super West is expected to be completed in the second half of calendar year 2023, subject to final Board approvals, with planning permission expected to be granted in early 2022.
The launch of IC5 in North Sydney follows the successful, on-time and on-budget completion of Macquarie’s IC5 Bunker facility in Canberra, and the IC3 East (Phase 1) facility at its Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus located in Sydney’s North Zone, with an investment of AU$100 million plus and over 1,600 jobs to Sydney and Canberra during the pandemic.
The company’s data centre services have been in high demand, with circa 10MW IT load contracted with a leading global corporation at the Macquarie Park Campus in November 2020, with the fit out works in relation to that contract tracking well for completion in late 2021, early 2022, the company said.
Sydney and Singapore are among the world’s biggest data centre markets, according to real estate services company Cushman and Wakefield, which has published its latest report on the global data centre market.
The rankings are based on the world’s best cities for data center facilities in terms of land considerations, ecosystem advantages, and political and regulatory circumstances.
In the last few months, at least 4 major players have announced their foray into Sydney.