Fujitsu Plots Australian Data Centre Overhaul

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All seven Fujitsu Australian data centres to be upgraded to meet changing data landscape, with Malaga DC becoming Tier IV certified

Fujitsu has announced it will upgrade its Australian data centre fleet in an initiative that the firm says will help meet the evolving data needs of a hyperconnected world.

Fujitsu’s 2025 roadmap will see all seven of its Australian data centres get improvements. The Japanese company’s first upgrade will come as a $10m improvement to its Malaga data centre in Perth, bumping the site up to Tier IV certification, as defined by the Uptime Institute (UPI).

First Tier IV

The Tier IV cert builds on fault tolerances of earlier standards, and stipulates how sites are to be designed and operated to tolerate the cumulative impact of every site infrastructure component, system and distribution path. This will be Australia’s first Tier IV certified data centre.

“This data centre Roadmap continues our long standing leadership in facility operation and infrastructure connectivity. Its vision is designed to meet the challenges of digital transformation and the data needs of our hyperconnected world into the next decade,” said Fujitsu Australian CEO, Mike Foster.

data centreFujitsu opened its first Australian data centre in 2000, with the company now operating 25,000m2 of data centre pace over seven sites. Globally, Fujitsu operates 150 data centres.

Foster said: “The Tier IV Certification process for Malaga will provide unprecedented guarantees of availability for all businesses that rely on cloud-based data. Those data centres governed by Tier IV standards will give customers even greater confidence to move more mission-critical applications into ‘always on’ cloud infrastructure. Organisations are increasingly demanding a level of security and availability beyond the level of existing Tier III facilities for their mission-critical systems and applications.”

Sizzling

Fujitsu’s announcement comes as many other data centre and cloud operators are expanding their operations down under. In April, CenturyLink announced it is to offer hybrid IT services to regional multinational companies in the country through an agreement with independent Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider NEXTDC. Through the agreement, CenturyLink and NEXTDC can sell into each other’s data centres.

Equinix is also investing more than £63m ($97m) in building a large-scale data centre in Sydney. The build will be Equinix’s fifth data centre in the country, and its fourth in Sydney, with Equinix claiming the data centre is necessary to meet growing demand.

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