Macquarie Data Centres completes exterior of Sydney facility, IC3

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When fully finished, IC3E will offer 16MW at the company’s Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus.

Macquarie DC operates its facilities on behalf the Macquarie Telecom Group. Public services, including government workloads that require federal certifications, are handled by sibling company Macquarie Government.

Despite disruptions caused by Covid-19 to other construction projects in Australia, the work on IC3E was given the OK by authorities due to demand to house federal services.

When finished, IC3E will be accredited SCEC Zone 3 (or higher), SOC2, Uptime’s Tier III certification, and ISO 27001 certified. Macquarie also believes IC3E will have a PUE of 1.28 when online. Due to its federal workloads, the data center will also have 24×7 onsite security and support, staffed by government-cleared engineers.

To celebrate the milestone, New South Wales Minister Victor Dominello, Macquarie DC’s David Hirst, and Macquarie Telecom Chairman Peter James, alongside the site’s contractors planted a tree on the roof of IC3E.

David Hirst, Group Executive, Macquarie Data Centres, said: “Topping out IC3E, in spite of the many challenges we’ve experienced in 2020, furthers Sydney’s position as a regional data center hub and Macquarie Data Centres’ key role within it. There’s never been a better time to deliver new capacity in Asia-Pacific… While some global companies were required to halt construction on their new data centers because of Covid-19 regulations, we’re pleased to have been allowed to continue building across this year – and to have done so safely and efficiently, with limited impact from Covid.”

Last year, Macquarie DC announced IC3E’s construction. At the time Macquarie said the data center would be online by December 2020 and ultimately cost around AU$80m ($55m). Also due to open in December is another Macquarie DC facility, IC5, which will join the company’s Canberra campus and host government services alongside its neighbor IC4.

Peter James, commenting on Macquarie’s progress so far, said: “Delivering not one, but two data centers, during a pandemic is no mean feat. Gartner’s latest forecast shows that spending on Australian data center infrastructure dipped 10.4 percent in 2020. Macquarie Data Centres has bucked that trend and has invested more than $100 million into data center infrastructure across this period.”

Update: The internal fit-out will include an efficient cooling system which uses the outside climate where possible, installed by Hurley Palmer Flatt. “At a time of extreme weather events brought on by climate change, this gives end users with highly valuable data, peace of mind,” said Hurley Palmer Flatt Director, Peter Gaston. “The data center community has a massive responsibility to improve the efficiency of its assets.”

Macquarie Data Centres also sent us this drone video footage:

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