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NEXTDC opens Canberra data centre

NEXTDC's Canberra data centre is up and running.

NEXTDC's C1 data centre in Canberra is the company's third - it already operates centres in Brisbane and Melbourne.

The first customers have moved into C1, the company announced today.

The facility is housed in a building that was originally constructed for the Federal Government, in consultation with ASIO to meet the ATO's requirements.

NEXTDC CEO Craig Scroggie said C1 has been designed to very high standards to meet a range of physical security specifications.

Other features include two on-site substations with separate feeds, water-cooled chillers, and plans to adopt free air cooling as part of future upgrades.

The target PUE (the ratio of the total power consumed to that actually used by the IT equipment) following those upgrades is 1.4 - the industry average is around 2.0, and some data centres approach 1.1.

Fibre connections to C1 are provided by Optus, Telstra, Vocus, NextGen Networks, PIPE Networks and AAPT.

Company officials did not disclose the identity of the first customers, only that "C1 will provide much needed data centre capacity to various Government agencies and service providers"

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.