data centre
services

Perfect for keeping your infrastructure safe, your business running 24/7, and when you're ready, seamless adoption of cloud services.

Why trust your critical infrastructure with Spark?

 

Our Data Centre Services enable you to deploy your IT assets in our professionally built and operated data centres located across the country. This reduces your capital costs and frees up your team from the complexities of managing an in-house network. 

With the Spark Business Group, we bring you an extensive range of services to help your journey to the cloud. A cloud-based solution means you can focus on technology outcomes and the flexibility to scale and meet your changing business needs.

Choose from simple server housing and rack space options, facility monitoring, co-location and utility management services.

Or take a longer-term view and target progressive systems consolidation, hybrid cloud deployment and virtualisation to realise significant cost savings.

Whatever your need, our state-of-the-art data centres have you covered.

Unrivalled national
presence


With 12 data centres throughout New Zealand, including three each in Auckland and Christchurch, we can help you design perfect diversity layout.

Critical infrastructure pedigree


We take our buildings and the critical infrastructure they support seriously. When you co-locate with Spark, you reap the benefits of this dedication.

Superior
security


Our highest tier sites include security guards on-site 24/7, real-time CCTV monitoring, electronically locked racks, client cages, individual authorised card access and security controlled biometric access.

Service excellence


With New Zealand’s largest Security Operations Centre and dedicated data centre teams around the country, we provide you with 24/7 support to keep your business running.

Carrier neutral


Choose from a wide variety of connectivity options in our data centres, not just Spark. Increase your resiliency by connecting to multiple network providers to ensure your infrastructure stays online 24/7.

Resilience


Our data centres are designed to handle earthquakes, floods and fire with building level base isolation and gas suppression systems. We also take the same safeguards with our Optical Transport Network, so your equipment stays connected in a disaster.

Data Centre Services

Terms, conditions and installation fees apply.

Available extras

FAQs

Ticketed Data Centre access

An access card and an access ticket are required to enter a Spark Data Centre. The ticket number will need to be quoted when you arrive on-site.

To request ticket access, log a request with the Data Centre Service Desk by completing the following request form.

Download Spark Datacentre Request form

If required, a Spark host will supervise the site visit. All visitors will need to produce photo identification to the Spark host, who will ensure it matches the request raised with the Service Desk.

See below for response times.


Requesting access when emergency or urgent work is required

Emergency or urgent access requests must be called into the Data Centre Service Desk. They will arrange access with the Spark Data Centre on-site personnel.

See below for response times.


Response times for all access types

Response times for all access and service requests are within the timeframe below:

Access/request type

Contact type

Acknowledgement

Response for support

Emergency

Phone service desk

1 hour

4 hours

Urgent

Phone service desk

4 hours

24 hours

General

Email service desk

24 hours

3 days

Planned

Email service desk

72 hours

5 days

Ordering an access card

At most of our Data Centres, you’ll have access to your equipment with an access card. The access card is unique to each individual and is loaded with your unique access type.

To obtain an access card, complete the following form and supply a passport style photo of the applicant to go on the access card. As per the form, this needs to be submitted to spark.access@spark.co.nz

Download Access Card Application form

Access cards are usually delivered within seven business days.

Renewing an access card

Access cards are valid for two years from the date they were created. To renew an access card, complete the following form. As per the form, this needs to be submitted to spark.access@spark.co.nz

We will send out new access cards to replace your existing one.

Download Access Card Application form

Access cards are usually delivered within seven business days. To avoid any inconvenience please submit your application form as early as possible.

Change of authorisation for access

To change authorised access for any of your access card holders, or to request a list of current authorised people for your organisation complete and submit the following form. Select 'Other' in the Type of Work field.

Download Datacentre Request form

Adding or removing equipment from a rack must first be approved by the Spark Power Committee. This is to ensure power and cooling capacity are available. The standard turnaround time for power requests is up to seven business days. To avoid any inconvenience, please log your request as early as possible.

Please ensure the Rack Design template is fully completed detailing all existing equipment. If you are unsure of the equipment in your rack, we recommend you complete a self-audit or we can complete one on your behalf.

To add or remove equipment, log a request with the Data Centre Service Desk. Download Equipment Change form

Note: Be sure to complete the 'Rack Design' tab in the form.

To request cabling to a new circuit, log a request with the Data Centre Service Desk by completing the forms below. Following receipt of your request, a quote will be provided within three business days. Once you have accepted the quote, cabling should be complete within seven working days. 

Download Cabling Request form

Note: Cabling requests must come from a data centre customer, not from a network provider on their behalf.

Remote Hands requests may be made to carry out a simple activity by a Spark Field Engineer on your behalf.  

Simple activities include visual inspections of equipment, power cycling devices, disconnecting and reconnecting cables and acceptance and storage of equipment delivered by courier.

Complex requests such as replacing a server, device, or hot swapping a hard drive cannot be performed by the Remote Hands service.

Remote Hands may be requested via the Data Centre Service Centre.

Download Datacentre Request form

If urgent Remote Hands work is required, contact the Service Desk directly.

The tape handling service is available to add or remove tapes from tape devices or libraries in a customer rack, to an agreed schedule. The service also extends to swapping tapes to be stored offsite with an offsite storage provider, for tapes to be inserted into the tape devices.

Tape handling service may be requested via the Data Centre Service Centre.

Download Datacentre Request form

To request an audit of your equipment complete the following form. Select 'Other' in the Type of Work field, and complete the details of the rack you would like to be audited.

Download Datacentre Request form

Audit requests are generally completed within five working days. There is a charge for this service and we’ll provide pricing information when we respond to your request.

Available Data Centre facilities vary between locations. We'll respond to request for information about specific data centres by the next business day. Send an email to datacentre@spark.co.nz

Spark has other data centre related services that are available upon request. Full service descriptions and associated fees can be found within the Data Centre Service Catalogue. All services can be requested by contacting the Data Centre Service Desk directly.

A summary of these services is shown below:

  • Build rooms (where available on-site):
    • Unpacking of equipment before install
    • Build-up of new equipment
  • Auto Transfer Switch - An Auto Transfer Switch (ATS) can be used to deliver dual power to a single powered device, thereby protecting it from an outage to the A or B power feeds
  • Data centre service report – Monthly report summarising the data centre performance over the month
  • Access report – Detailing who has accessed the data centre on behalf of the customer
  • Key safe - Storage of data centre keys (rack, end of row and cage keys) in a wall mounted safe, securely located within the data centre
  • Key management - Keys required at the data centre (rack, end of row and cage keys) can be stored securely at the data centre and managed by the on-site security team
  • Supervised access - The Data Centre Operations team can provide supervised access for staff members or third-party suppliers who don’t have access to the data centre
  • Thermal imagery - Thermal photos of a rack can be taken to show the heat distribution within a rack. A thermal photo can identify:
    • Equipment temperatures and potential faults within equipment
    • Hot spots
    • Airflow problems
  • Tape handling - Adding and removing tapes from tape devices or libraries in a customer rack to an agreed schedule. Swapping tapes to be stored offsite with an offsite storage provider, for tapes to be inserted into the tape devices.
  •  Blanking installation - To maximise cooling efficiency, empty spaces in a rack need to be blocked using blanks. Blanks are used to control airflow and maintain separation between the hot and cold aisles.
  • Cabling services - Provides pre-cabled rack infrastructure environments and patching services. Fibre and copper options available.
  • Data centre migration service - Standardised approach to moving a customer into a Spark data centre. The objective of the service is to make migration into the data centre as efficient as possible.
  • Storage cages - Lockable steel storage cages located in a secured area controlled via Cardax

We'll respond to general information requests by the next business day. Send an email to datacentre@spark.co.nz.


Protect the network (PTN) training

PTN is now available online at ako.spark.co.nz for Spark, contractors and customers. Go to Ako

For all contractors and customers, use the Contractor Login or Sign Up button. For all internal staff, use the Login button

Any issues please contact spark.access@spark.co.nz

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