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04 May 2017 Posted by 

$1.3B SITE INVESTMENT

Cloud start-up plans GWS data centre 
By Red Dwyer
SINGAPOREAN start-up AirTrunk has agreed to pay close to $31 million for a data centre site in Western Sydney as part of a $1.3 billion investment in Australia.
 
The investment, to be made over the next three to four years and includes a similar facility in Melbourne, is indicative of the company’s aim of becoming significant digital landlord for cloud services across Asia.
 
“Cloud computing in the Asia-Pacific is probably about three to four years behind the US, but there is a massive catch-up so cloud operators are investing significant money,” AirTrunk founder Robin Khuda, said. 
 
“Right now, there’s an enormous shift to the cloud.”
 
Mr Khuda said AirTrunk would build the largest data centre facility in Australia underpinned by major global enterprises," he said.
 
AirTrunk predicts the Asia Pacific market for data centre capacity will be worth US$12.5 billion by 2019 and it's banking on new cooling and electricity delivery systems giving it the edge against giants such as Telstra and NTT Communications,
according to a Bloomberg report.
 
AirTrunk has already lodged a development application with Blacktown City Council for a facility at 35 Huntingwood Drive in Huntingwood
 
The application is for a facility with eight data halls over two levels, two "tech space" areas with office facilities as well as onsite parking. 
 
AirTrunk has put the cost of the development project at just over $47 million.
 
Should approval be granted the data centre is expected to operate 24 hours a day and employ approximately 20 workers.
 


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