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New Sustainable Data Centre Infrastructure for South Australia

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One of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies is investing more than $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.

The tech firm 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 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 the company 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 that 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 the firm, will enable the company to continue to service their customers. As a company, the tech firm is also passionate about sustainability and the renewal economy, aligning with the South Australian Government’s commitment to 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 the completely fault-tolerant capability to organisations and an industry-only 100% uptime 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.

The tech firm has been in negotiations with Adelaide City Council to secure the purchase of land for the construction of its new world-class technology hub. The CEO of the tech firm stated that they are excited to be a part of the growing ecosystem of leading technology companies that are investing in the South Australian economy. The partnership with the South Australian Government was instrumental in developing its 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.

The Green Industries South Australia’s Chief Executive stated that South Australia’s leadership in sustainability, renewable energy and circular economy is helping to attract companies like the aforementioned tech giant to invest in South Australia.

The firm’s corporate operations and its data centre solutions are certified 100 per cent carbon neutral under the Australian Federal Government’s Climate Active scheme. The company’s data centre design and operations are also recognised in a case study produced by the Climate Council of Australia. Work will commence in the second half of 2022.

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