HP this morning lifted the lid on its multi-million dollar investment to build a massive new datacentre in Western Sydney, in a press conference attended by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.
HP South-Pacific Vice President of Enterprise Services, David Caspari (pictured above), said the new datacentre would respond to the growing demand for services that businesses and government face from their customers and communities. The project will involve a building cost of $119 million and is part of HP’s US$1 billion transformation to retire legacy assets and build new facilities.
Caspari didn’t comment on whether other datacentres in Australia would be closed to lead the opening of the new one, and maintained HP iwas committed to expand its presence in Australia. The new facility will occupy an area of more than 130,000 square metres and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2011. Caspari said the investment catered for the future, as the datacentre will be built to last decades.
Moreover, he said the building of HP’s state of the art datacentre would put Australia at the forefront of the global digital economy. “It’s a key investment in Australia infrastructure, and coupled with the NBN it provides a platform to build on the digital economy in the next generation of business,” he said.
Caspari added the rollout of the NBN would enable an increasing number of organisations to adopt new IT delivery models. He said cloud computing services would take off in the near future and that delivery models would be about connecting users to the services they want.
In this respect, Caspari said HP’s next generation datacentre significantly expanded HP’s and the Australia’s infrastructure capabilities, enabling local enterprise to transform their system into a more flexible and modernised “everything as a service” environment, reducing both costs and risks, while driving predictability.
Paul Brandling, Vice President and Managing Director of HP South Pacific, said the investment was driven by recent shifts in the use of technologies — including in telecommunications — which created an environment of media and IT convergence to which Australian organisations and institutions needed to adapt. “Investment in It infrastructures — such as this and such the NBN — are as critical to the economy as traditional investments in things like water, power and transport,” Brandling said.
Senator Stephen Conroy joined the HP press conference to congratulate the IT provider on the new datacentre. He said HP was making a significant investment that would further drive Australia’s participation in the digital economy, as in the next four years — Senator Conroy said — more data would be produced than in the whole of history.
The HP datacentre will be built on HP’s Converged Infrastructure which integrates server, storage and networking resources. HP promises the facility will have 99.982 per cent system availability through its ‘Active/Active’ capability.
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