Macquarie Data Centres tops out hyperscale-ready facility in Sydney

Macquarie Data Centres tops out hyperscale-ready facility in Sydney

A new Sydney data centre from Macquarie Data Centres is designed to meet both the needs of global companies while also positioned to support Australian business.

Macquarie Data Centres has announced the topping out of its hyperscale-ready data center in Sydney’s technology precinct at Macquarie Park.

The topping out of Intellicenter 3 East (IC3E) signifies the successful completion of the structural build, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. The internal fit out is now underway and IC3E is tracking to schedule.

IC3E is located in the Sydney North Zone, an area rich in cloud ecosystems and connectivity. It is a cornerstone of Macquarie Data Centres’ local data center campus and demonstrates the company’s commitment to supporting the local economy; while providing the ideal home for global hyperscalers, Software- As-a-Service providers and multinational enterprises wanting to access the Australian market.

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, data centers have been elevated into a new asset class. With more reliance on data centers and the cloud to work, learn and socially interact, they’ve become a key driver for economic growth.

The construction of data centers has been recognized as essential under the Australian COVID-19 regime. It’s this classification that has enabled Macquarie Data Centres, part of Macquarie Telecom Group, to continue building across 2020 and which sees both its IC3 and IC5 data center in Canberra topping out within weeks of one another.

The purpose-built IC3E facility is designed to meet both the needs of global companies while perfectly positioned to support Australian business. This includes the federal government – with whom the Macquarie Telecom Group is already well engrained – with 42% of federal agencies leveraging its cybersecurity, secure Internet gateway (SIG) and cloud services.

IC3E delivers against current and future sovereignty, security and compliance requirements. The finished center will offer a plethora of credentials, including SCEC Zone 3 (or higher), SOC2, Tier III certification and ISO 27001 certification. It will also have 24/7 on-site security and support, staffed by government-cleared engineers.

David Hirst, Group Executive, Macquarie Data Centers, said: “Topping out IC3E, in spite of the many challenges we’ve experienced in 2020, furthers Sydney’s position as a regional data center hub and Macquarie Data Centres’ key role within it. There’s never been a better time to deliver new capacity in Asia-Pacific – more data is being created from remote work, education and an increased dependence on the digital economy, alongside burgeoning customer expectations for high quality service delivery.

“While some global companies were required to halt construction on their new data centers because of COVID-19 regulations, we’re pleased to have been allowed to continue building across this year – and to have done so safely and efficiently, with limited impact from COVID. The resilience and tenacity of the team, including our construction partners, has truly shone through. Our investment in Australia’s data center ecosystem serves to create valuable jobs and build sovereign and secure capabilities – all of which is critical to helping grow Australia’s economy as we emerge from the pandemic.”

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