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Datacom Expands Kapua Data Centre One Year on From Opening

Datacom Expands Kapua Data Centre One Year on From Opening

April 08, 2014 - Datacom has extended its Hamilton located Kapua data centre with two new data floors providing an additional 376 rack spaces.
Kapua, Datacom’s Hamilton data centre, opened in March 2013 and the first data halls were quickly taken up.

The latest expansion brings the data centre’s total capacity up to 736 rack equivalents. Site power generating capacity excluding redundancy moves to 3.6 Mw. Practical completion of the extension will be completed ahead of schedule on Tuesday 15 April. The additional data floor will be open for utilisation by public and private sector businesses on 1 May.

“Demand has forced us to pull forward the third phase of Kapua’s development,” said Datacom Chief Operating Officer Steve Matheson. “The fact that one year on from the official opening of this facility we are already commissioning a major upgrade is pleasing and simply reflects the customer demand for this facility.”

Data and systems hosted in Kapua can be mirrored in real time to Datacom’s Auckland-based sister facility Orbit to ensure data is secure and accessible at all times. Both centres are strategically located in the most geologically stable areas of the country.

Kevin Angland, of leading insurer IAG New Zealand, said, “IAG selected Kapua as part of a recent data centre consolidation programme where four data centres provided by three different suppliers were consolidated down to two. Kapua along with the Orbit facility provide IAG access to a modern data centre pairing that meets the availability demands of our increasingly online IT services, and provides the required level of confidence that we can meet our Business Continuity Plan objectives.”

Kapua is already trusted to house some of New Zealand’s most critical systems and data. Customers include Government departments, banks, as well as enterprises, ISPs and other service providers.

Datacom’s Steve Matheson says, “As high speed networking costs across New Zealand plummet on the back of the Ultra-Fast Fibre roll-out we expect Hamilton to be increasingly recognised as an ideal data centre site for critical IT systems. And unlike many other data centres Datacom seeks only cost recovery on data centre cross connects. As a consequence these data centres are an ideal location for service providers seeking high speed connectivity with customers who already have a presence in these centres. We see an eco-system starting to develop.”

Kapua is a robust, vendor-neutral, Tier 3+ data centre with many features that meet the requirements of Tier 4.

The improvements made to the data centre mean it has greater resiliency, redundancy, and the systems are physically more secure.

The Kapua and Orbit data centres have recently completed Payment Card Industry (PCI) accreditation which will give customers added comfort.

Datacom offer a network of nine data centres located in major Australian and New Zealand cities which is able to support a combined IT equipment load of over 15 Mw.

Datacom’s New Zealand data centres are located in Auckland (Orbit), Hamilton (Kapua), Wellington and Christchurch. In Australia Datacom operates facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.

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