Fujitsu embarks on 10-year datacentre upgrade project in Australia

IT services giant embarks on push to improve the reliability and performance of its Australian datacentres by 2025

Fujitsu has set out a 10-year plan to overhaul its Australian datacentre portfolio, with a series of projects geared towards improving their performance and reliability.

The IT services firm has seven datacentre sites across Australia, which will be steadily updated between 2015 and 2025 to ensure they are equipped to cope as the internet of things (IoT), big data and cloud computing trends continue to take off.

“This datacentre roadmap continues our long-standing leadership in facility operator and infrastructure connectivity,” said Mike Foster, CEO of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand.

“Its vision is designed to meet the challenges of digital transformation and the data needs of our hyper-connected world into the next decade,” he said.

The first project will see the firm spend $10m on securing Tier 4 status for its datacentre in Malaga, Perth.

The tiered system is used by the Uptime Institute to categorise datacentres according to the type of hardware deployed in them and their resiliency.

Tier 4 is the highest of these levels and suggests the operator has designed a datacentre that is fully redundant and – as such – has a guaranteed service availability of 99.995%.  

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When work on the site is completed, the facility will be among the first datacentres in Australia to achieve the Tier 4 grading.

“Datacentres governed by Tier 4 standards will give customers even greater confidence to move more mission-critical applications into ‘always on’ cloud infrastructure,” said Foster.

“Organisations are increasingly demanding a level of security and availability beyond the level of existing Tier 3 facilities for their mission-critical systems and applications.”

Sally Parker, research director for software and services at IDC, said the firm’s datacentre upgrade plans should ensure it’s well-prepared for the impending big data boom in Australia.

“The proliferation of low-cost sensor, mobile and embedded technologies is driving the creation of millions of high-value applications, many built on cloud platforms and in third-party datacentres,” said Parker.

“As Australia reaches the tipping point for big data adoption in 2015, organisations are stockpiling data from these new sources in anticipation of data-driven competitive gains, putting increased pressure on facilities in terms of networking and storage requirements,” she said.

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