Macquarie Data Centers to Develop Mega Data Center in Sydney, Australia

Wholesale data center infrastructure provider Macquarie Data Centres, part of Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ), has planned the construction of a new data center at its Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney. The new facility will be the largest data center on the campus, bringing the total IT load of the campus to 50MW.

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Macquarie Data Centres, based in Australia, offers a full range of certified colocation, connectivity, and engineering services, ranging from a single rack to multi-megawatt hyperscale needs.

Macquarie has commenced a State Significant Development Application process to build the new data center. The new 32-megawatt (MW) IT load facility will be named Intellicentre 3 Super West. It will be built, operated, and intended to suit the demands of corporate, government, and multi-national clients while also improving New South Wales’ cybersecurity infrastructure and capabilities. Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Super West will be designed to seamlessly interconnect with IC3 East.

The company will invest circa AU$78 million initially for the core and shell, just a portion of the total investment once fully fitted out. The initiative is expected to generate over 1,200 employment in construction, engineering, cybersecurity, and other sectors, according to the firm. Subject to final Board approvals, it intends to finish Phase 1 of IC3 Super West development in the second half of calendar year 2023, with planning permission expected in early 2022.

“This data center will attract new investment into Australia from multinationals looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region,” said David Tudehope, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Macquarie Telecom Group. “The New South Wales digital economy is rapidly growing, and this project will create world-class infrastructure and valuable long-term jobs in the digital and cyber security sector.”

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Photo David Hirst, Group Executive at Macquarie Data Centres Group.
“This global scale data center will be one of the most certified facilities in the region,” said David Hirst, Group Executive at Macquarie Data Centres Group.

IC3 Super West is built to meet SCEC Zone 4 or higher security requirements, as well as ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (information security), PCI DSS 3.2, ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety), ISO 14001 (environmental management), and a variety of other security, safety, and efficiency standards.

The Sovereign Cyber Security Centre of Excellence will be housed on the Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus, with an integrated mix of cutting-edge physical and virtual infrastructure intended to monitor and handle cybersecurity incidents. The center will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by skilled engineers using the most up-to-date technology. The equipment and staff will be hosted at IC3 Super West.

“This global scale data center will be one of the most certified facilities in the region,” said David Hirst, Group Executive at Macquarie Data Centres Group. “Data is growing exponentially, and we have demonstrated time and time again our ability to deliver infrastructure to meet that growth. Our data centers are sovereign, secure and certified to manage Australia’s most important data and drive the digital economy.”

The announcement comes after Macquarie completed its IC5 Bunker facility in Canberra, as well as the IC3 East (Phase 1) facility at its Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney’s North Zone, on time and on budget – a roughly AU$100 million plus investment that has created over 1,600 jobs in Sydney and Canberra during the pandemic.

The company says its data center services have been in great demand, with an approximately 10MW IT load contracted with a prominent multinational business at the Macquarie Park Campus in November 2020, with the fit out works for that contract on schedule to be completed in late 2021, early 2022.