HP To Open New Australian Data Center by Year's End

Hewlett-Packard Co. said that it will open a new data center in Sydney, Australia by the close of this year as part of a $1 billion initiative to retire legacy equipment and construct new, modern facilities.

The vendor said that its investment in the Australian facility owes in part to Sydney's standing as the 10th ranked financial center in the world, according to the Global Financial Centres Index, and a growing base of multinational companies operating in the country. 

Officials said that the Sydney facility will help companies to simplify applications, improve business processes, boost operational efficiency and reliability, and become what HP calls an Instant-On Enterprise, in which embedded technology facilitates a prompt response to customers, employees, partners and communities.

HP said that, in particular, the Sydney data center will provide the infrastructure that businesses need for cloud computing services and to modernize applications, HP said.

"Enterprises need the agility to adjust to dynamic market and community demands for fast, innovative services," said David Caspari, HP South Pacific vice president, Enterprise Services. 

"Having a sustainable infrastructure that combines a modern platform with the services capability of HP Enterprise Services means organizations can concentrate more on their business and less on managing their IT," he said.

Officials said that the facility will be constructed based on HP's Converged Infrastructure architecture, support variable power and cooling densities along with HP's carbon emissions management service for a smaller carbon footprint and lower energy consumption, offer automated management to improve provisioning speed and service quality, and feature multiple power and cooling distribution and redundant components to lower risk and deliver business continuity.

"I welcome this major global commitment by HP Enterprise Services in our digital infrastructure," said Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. 

"This investment is recognition that the National Broadband Network will put Australia at the forefront of the digital economy and is supporting new local and regional high-tech infrastructure services," he said.

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