Metronode has opened the second stage of its world-class data centre in Wollongong.
The Unanderra facility became operational this week just six months after work started at Unanderra.
The first data hall was built five years ago as Metronode consolidated 160 data centres into two in Wollongong and Silverwater.
The NSW Government is a key client for data storage and supported the expansion through its GovDC program.
But Metronode is also enjoying high demand from the private sector. The company undertook a $150m construction program in 2017 with new data halls in Wollongong and Sydney and an expansion of another in Melbourne for an international customer.
Chief executive David Yuile said Metronode built the second data hall at Unanderra faster than any other provider in Australia. That has provided certainty amid growing demand for data space nationally and within the region.
“At our Unanderra site, we have shown we can build our world-class facilities quicker than anyone else. Every industry sector is undergoing digital transformation at a rapid pace and facilities such as Metronode’s Unanderra data centres are the factories of the future,” he said.
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The new Wollongong data hall has received Uptime Institute Tier III certification. The facility has also been assessed by government environmental ratings agency NABERS for a NABERS 4.5 data centre rating. Metronode is the only operator in Australia with four of its facilities having a NABERS 4.5 data centre rating. That includes the existing Unanderra facility that was stage one of the Wollongong project.
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Mr Yuile said NSW Government demand since 2012 had helped Metronode have the confidence to build and operate new data centres. But the company is also looking forward to welcoming Illawarra businesses into the new energy efficient Unanderra hall.
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Metronode has helped enterprise, government and service providers connect, protect and store their data in many parts of Australia since 2002.
And this year it was named as the Best Data Centre Operator at the CommsDay Edison Awards.
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