- State-of-the-art facility supports Northern Adelaide transformation
- Data centre capacity at critically low levels across State
- Two successful IT entrepreneurs, Scott Hicks and Greg Siegele, partner to provide much-needed infrastructure
New IT infrastructure firm YourDC has purchased a 6,000 sqm facility at Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, to house a state-of-the-art, $30m cloud data centre.
Founded by two of South Australia’s most successful IT entrepreneurs, Scott Hicks and Greg Siegele, the high tech data centre will support the transformation of Adelaide’s North by providing essential IT infrastructure to underpin job creation and global competitiveness.
In a first for the State, YourDC will lease custom private data rooms at no extra cost to large government and corporate clients.
Co-founder and CEO Scott Hicks said there is a critical shortage of hosting infrastructure, with just 0.5% spare capacity available across the State.
“Our market research tells us that the major players have no plans to increase capacity,” Mr Hicks said.
“When you combine that demand with the reality of the NBN taking shape at last and the mass move to cloud computing, you have a perfect storm for a brand new, energy efficient data centre.”
YourDC is one of only two Tier 3 data centres in SA, the other being Adam Internet, which Scott Hicks helped build and which is currently at 90% capacity. All other providers are Tier 1, the lowest possible rating.
“YourDC, or Your Data Centre, is fully customisable to your needs, whether large or small,” Mr Hicks said.
Executive Director Greg Siegele, who sold video gaming company Ratbag to Midway Games in 2005, said he initially looked at YourDC as an investment, but loved the business plan so much he decided he wanted to become more involved at the operational level.
“Not only is there huge demand, I have enormous confidence in Scott, who has spent his working life building and managing one of the State’s most successful Internet Service Providers, Adam Internet,” he said.
YourDC satisfies the demanding criteria required by organisations such as the Department of Defence for the highest levels of security and redundancy.
“If there’s a power outage and an organisation’s computers go down for even a minute the whole operation grinds to a halt and customers are greatly inconvenienced, at the very least,” Mr Siegele said.
“Organisations can and have lost millions of dollars because of outages caused by anything from an earthquake, as in Christchurch recently, a plane crashing into a building, a flood or even a terrorist attack.
“Although the risk of these events may seem very low, the impact can be catastrophic. That’s why Edinburgh Parks is the ideal location for YourDC.”
The site at Edinburgh Parks is some 50km away from the State’s notorious earthquake fault lines, which run along the foothills and through Darlington, Tonsley and Flinders Park to the south of the city. It also sits above the one-in-100 year flood zone.
YourDC will be one of the most energy efficient data centres in Australia, designed with a unique approach to optimising temperature control for humans and machines.
The site delivers vast amounts of power guaranteed by multiple redundant backup systems, and uninterrupted internet connectivity from multiple carriers.
The State Government has identified the critical need to build out the kind of infrastructure that underpins a growing economy.
“By building a facility like this locally, we immediately make South Australia more attractive as a place to work and live,” Mr Hicks said. ##