NEXTDC to invest $100 million in South Australia with world-class sustainable data centre infrastructure
17 Feb 2022
One of the world’s fastest growing technology companies, NEXTDC, is investing in excess of $100 million in a state-of-the-art data centre, known as ‘A1’, to be established in the heart of Adelaide’s central business district, creating 150 jobs for South Australians.
NEXTDC is an Australian-owned and run ASX100 technology company. Recognised as Australia’s leading data centre solutions provider, NEXTDC will invest more than $100 million into the state with the development of a world-class technology centre of excellence. Further expanding its national digital infrastructure platform, A1 will add key technology capability to South Australia’s world-class hi-tech ecosystem.
The decision by NEXTDC to invest in South Australia, further strengthens the state’s global hi-tech capabilities and capacity to attract leading technology companies.
The Department for Trade and Investment has been working with NEXTDC to bring them to South Australia. The company’s investment will go beyond the creation of premium-grade data centre infrastructure. A1 will include an Innovation Centre which will form an entrepreneurial incubation hub which will cultivate local technology expertise and the opportunity for collaboration with the state’s universities, ensuring a pipeline of skilled workers for the future.
The central city location that has been purchased by NEXTDC, will enable the company to continue to service their customers, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure who have all established in Adelaide.
As a company, NEXTDC is also passionate about sustainability and the renewal economy, aligning with the South Australian Government’s commitment for a circular economy.
A1 will be a first of its kind for South Australia. The facility will be certified to Uptime Institute Tier IV standards, offering completely fault tolerant capability to organisations and an industry only 100 per cent up-time guarantee. The word-class facility will also include an ‘Entrepreneur and Innovation Centre’ (EIC) and Mission Critical Operational space (MCX).
The world-class, 24/7 secured data centre will cultivate local technology expertise and will further enhance South Australia’s global reputation for hi-tech, including capabilities around artificial intelligence, data analytics and cyber security. Furthermore, A1 will introduce a sovereign capability to the state that is critical to the future of the defence and hi-tech industries.
The EIC will be a springboard for innovation that links South Australia’s academic and business communities, while offering cloud services for the world’s leading technology companies, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM and Oracle.
NEXTDC has been in negotiations with Adelaide City Council to secure the purchase of land for the construction of its new world-class technology hub.
“We are honoured to have been selected by the City of Adelaide to develop this strategic site into a new world-class technology centre of excellence,” Mr Craig Scroggie, CEO of NEXTDC said. “We are excited to be a part of the growing ecosystem of leading technology companies that are investing in the South Australian economy. Our partnership with the South Australian Government was instrumental in developing our long-term strategy to support the growth of the state.”
“This digital infrastructure development represents an important investment for South Australia that will further support and accelerate the growth of the South Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy.”
Green Industries South Australia’s Chief Executive, Ian Overton, said, “South Australia’s leadership in sustainability, renewable energy and circular economy is helping to attract companies like NEXTDC to invest in South Australia.
“We are looking forward to helping NEXTDC make this data centre a leading example of sustainability in action, adopting circular economy principles to reduce waste, use recycled content and reduce carbon emissions.”
NEXTDC’s corporate operations and its data centre solutions are certified 100 per cent carbon neutral under the Australian Federal Government’s Climate Active scheme. NEXTDC’s data centre design and operations are also recognised in a case study produced by the Climate Council of Australia.