$40 million Data Centre Site Selection Confirmed in Hobart

Tasmania’s new $40 million data centre is one step closer to reality, with Western Australian operator FrontierDC Ltd finalising a contract to purchase approximately 7,000m2 in Cambridge’s SPARK Business Hub.

  • First on island Uptime Institute accredited Tier III data centre
  • Site selection finalised at SPARK Business Hub in Cambridge
  • Economic development driver
  • Expected creation of 97 jobs for local industry

It is proposed that the site will house the state’s first Internationally Accredited Uptime Institute Tier III data centre, as part of Minister for Information Technology and Innovation Michael Ferguson’s plan to grow the state’s ICT industry1.

FrontierDC’s Chief Executive Officer Carl Woodbridge expects the planning and design phase to begin immediately with a target completion expected to be September 2017.

“We will be building our data centre to comply with and be accredited by The Uptime Institute to Tier III standard, enabling Tasmanian ICT companies to access the best supporting infrastructure,” Mr. Woodbridge said.

FrontierDC State Manager Tasmania David Combes said the Cambridge site has been chosen after an extensive site selection process.

“We had initially anticipated acquiring an existing industrial building that would be repurposed as a data centre, however we were unable to find a suitable building that fulfilled all of the requirements of our extensive 100+ check point,” Mr. Combes said.

“SPARK Business Hub was able to satisfy all of our selection criteria including our power, high speed data requirements as well as our specific requirement for a redundant power feed to the site.”

With the company now undertaking more construction works than the initial planned refurbishment, FrontierDC expects the creation of around 80 local jobs before they enter the operational phase, when an additional 17 roles are expected.

Using Global Award winning modular technology from the UK created by Cannon Technologies, the new Cambridge centre will be constructed utilising factory produced military grade security modules.

The data centre technology employed by FrontierDC has won numerous international industry and peer awards, with exceptional achievements in the field of ‘green’ technologies for its ability to deliver reduced power consumption and therefore reduced operating costs for consumers.


REFERENCE: Ferguson, M. (2015, December 19). Data Centre Action Strategy. Retrieved from: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/data_centre_action_strategy

About FrontierDC


Twitter: @frontier_dc

FrontierDC is a modular data centre operator and Modular data centre reseller. The Perth based organisation has committed to build a series of interconnected data centres distributed around Australia over the next 3 years.

FrontierDC is a member of the Australian Federal Government’s Data Centres Services Panel (Panel2) and the Australian federal government Major ICT program. FrontierDC is using proven modular technology developed by Cannon Technologies UK, a major provider of services to The British Military and Security Forces and NATO, alongside blue chip companies in the UK and Europe.

About Cannon Technologies

Cannon Technologies is an industry leading provider of next generation, software defined, Modular Data Centres and Data Centre operating systems.

With presence on all continents, Cannon provides cutting edge solutions for some of the toughest environments around the world. Their agile scalable solutions:

Cannon Technologies award winning solutions have also been designed to ensure maximum efficiency both through both their physical design and the technologies used, resulting in the solution being recognised at the EMEA Green Awards in 2012 and 2013 and identified as the most efficient solution by 451 Research, ‘Datacenter Market, Prefabricated Modular Datacenters’, October 2014. Cannon Technologies have also been awarded the prestigious Frost and Sullivan awards for Global Company of the Year 2015, European Modular Data Centre Company of the Year 2015 and European Modular Data Centre Facilities 2016.

About SPARK Business Hub

SPARK Business Hub, 1 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge TAS is a 40 lot light industrial estate which can accommodate a variety of potential uses including freight and logistics, manufacturing, transport, warehousing with supporting office and administration, storage, vehicle sales and machinery sales.

Located with easy access to the Tasman Highway the NBN-enabled site is about 12 minutes’ drive to the Hobart CBD.


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