Flagship Data Centre Opens in Takanini

Spark Digital continues its significant investment in data centres with last month’s opening of its state-of-the-art Takanini Data Centre.

The new centre is as good as it can get in New Zealand with a Tier 3 international rating that means our customers can expect zero to a maximum 1.6 hours unplanned down time in a year when utilising Spark Digital’s service*.

The state-of-the art data centre is the flagship project in an ongoing $200 million investment by Spark Digital in its cloud services. The investment includes the acquisition of leading cloud service providers Revera and Appserv, the building of a Christchurch data centre to support the rebuild, an upgrade to the existing Dunedin data centre and the soon-to-be completed construction of a third data centre in Wellington.

Spark Digital now has a nationwide network of 15 data centres linked by our Optical Transmission Network. That high-speed, high-grade network links 33 towns and cities and 66 sites/nodes.

“At Spark Digital we believe the future for New Zealand business is digital and we are bringing about that future by investing in infrastructure and expertise,” says Spark Digital CEO Tim Miles. “It doesn’t matter if you are a start-up business, an SME beavering away in the engine room of the New Zealand economy or a major government or private enterprise, our range of Spark cloud services can provide the spark that powers your data engine and your digital future.”

Spark Digital’s ongoing investment in data centres is being put in place to provide the full range of cloud services with a focus on providing co-location, where we provide high quality, high availability data centres and infrastructure management for customer owned servers and storage equipment, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

IaaS is where we provide the computing power on a variable basis to meet demands and our customers only pay for what they need. This is a service that we can quickly scale up or down to meet the rapid growth patterns that successful digital businesses often achieve.

Investing in similar capability and security of access is a considerable cost for most businesses.

The hi-tech Takanini building is the latest showcase for our investment in data centres and features security controlled biometric access, a bullet-proofed and fire-proofed security centre complete with its own oxygen supply, and a data hall mounted on rubberised bearings to provide earthquake proofing.

Multiple electricity sources back-up the electricity supply to the data halls while both the electricity and cooling systems are demand linked for efficiency and sustainability. The building’s foundations stretch 17 metres down to bedrock while its position on top of soft peat protects the hall from vibration – an important feature for data storage. It’s positioned away from flight paths but close to road transport and data fibre links and is in an area rated as a low risk from tsunami.

“We’ve been managing data centres for 25 years and with 15 centres across the country, linked by our high-speed, high grade Optical Transmission Network, we have the knowledge and flexibility available to provide guidance and services to any New Zealand business in the digital environment,” says Mr Miles.

*Calculations based on 99.98% uptime for Tier 3. Source: ADC Telecommunications, Inc. TIA-942

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Tim Miles - CEO, Spark Digital

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