DCI is primed to challenge the Canberra market with a new data centre, starting with an initial 20MW

Artist impression of DCI's Canberra data centre
An artist impression of DCI's new data centre in Canberra

DCI Data Centers (DCI) has today announced that it has secured land and power to build a 20MW, TIER-III, Zone 3+, secure cloud edge data centre to service the Canberra market called CBR01.

DCI Data Centers Chair and Brookfield Managing Director Udhay Mathialagan said this new facility situated in the Poplars Innovation Precinct (Precinct), Jerrabomberra is the first to respond to the Commonwealth’s mandate to supply geographical and supply chain diversity for Government and public cloud workloads at scale.

“This new data centre is the first site to offer true resiliency in power provision that not only answers a call from the government to support their Cloud First Strategy, but will provide unparalleled security for our customers.  It will also be one of the major contributors in driving urban development within the new Precinct,” he said.

DCI is one of the first to commit to the Precinct which has a focus on defence, space, cyber-security and high-tech manufacturing sectors. 

CBR01 will operate on a separate grid to Canberra.  This is due to a multi-party agreement and investment between DCI, Poplars and other power users, that will see Essential Energy build a new 132kV powerline to Poplars, unlocking the site’s development potential and removing barriers for other like-minded businesses to set up in the Precinct.

“This separate grid will support cloud services and provides resilience for the Canberra market and Capital Region.  It also means that with our commitment to the site, we will expedite the development of the Precinct which will positively impact the region for future generations,” Mathialagan said.

Malcolm Roe, DCI CEO for Australia and New Zealand said that their fleet of highly certified data centres purposely located in Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin and now in the greater Canberra area completes DCIs Australian strategic growth plan to provide a protective ring around the country.

“We are delighted to announce that CBR01 closes the loop with the Canberra and Capital Region at our core. 

“We have been aggressively implementing our growth strategy over the last two years which will inject $1.5bn into the Australian economy and transform the way we work into the future,” Roe said.

The new data centre will have an initial capacity of 20MW, with eight data halls and dedicated secure offices and storage over the 4.0 hectare site.  The innovative data centre design brings together environmentally efficient technologies and construction methods, meaning emerging customer demands can be addressed efficiently and promptly.

“Our approach to construction has a laser focus on sustainability, including industry-leading delivery of new cooling technologies which significantly enhance our Power and Water Utilisation effectiveness.  This allows our customers to achieve a substantial reduction in energy costs and environmental emissions.

“Our growing Australian data centre footprint will be in the region of 100MW by 2024,” Roe said.

DCI is an Australian data centre builder, owner and operator who have demonstrated a track record of operational excellence with a host of world class industry recognised accreditations and certifications, staffed by an executive team with government clearances. CBR01 will be ready for service in 2024.

An artist impression of DCI’s new Canberra data centre

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