Australia-based Macquarie Telecom Group consists of Macquarie Telecom, Macquarie Cloud Services, Macquarie Government and Macquarie Data Centres. Through Macquarie Data Centres and Macquarie Government, Macquarie Group has announced a new data centre in Canberra – Intellicentre 5 (IC5). The Sydney-based telecom company will invest a sum of $17 million in the new Canberra data centre to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity and cloud services from Macquarie Government. Macquarie Government provides cloud and cybersecurity solutions for Australian government agencies.
IC5 will be the second Macquarie Telecom data centre in Canberra after IC4. The construction of the new Canberra data centre, IC5, will commence in July and is expected to be completed by this December.
The new Macquarie Telecom data centre
The initial investment of $17 million will be used for first-stage of construction of 1.5 megawatts (MW). By December 2020, the capacity of the entire Canberra data centre, that comprises of IC4 and IC5, is expected to be at 4MW. The new data centre will employ the latest physical and virtual security technology, just like the company’s other data centres. As Macquarie Government supplies its services to the Australian government agencies, the cloud workload will be operated on a highly secure and protected level.
The investment will also make use of the Federal Government’s ‘Backing Business Investment’ and ‘Instant Asset Write-Off’ stimulus measures introduced for businesses. These measures provide eligible companies capital allowances and deductions for equipment, plant and other depreciating assets.
The new Canberra data centre will also create a number of job opportunities in the field of engineering, cybersecurity and construction. The Australian company pointed expansion of business of the Macquarie Government in past months as the main reason for the new investment.
Macquarie Government’s business growth
Macquarie Government says that 42% of its agencies and personnel now use its secure internet gateway (SIG), cybersecurity and cloud services. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is also one of those agencies that believe in MacTel’s IT and SIG services. Aidan Tudehope, MD of Macquarie Telecom, says that the new centre will serve the needs of Government, as the acceptance of cloud and cyber services continues to grow.
For government agencies, the risk cyber breach and the dependency on cloud-based services are at high at all times. Tudehope adds that the Government departments need to have clarity over data sovereignty. This means clarity about who controls the data, where does the data reside and who can access it. He also says that they cover these bases by ensuring control and access only by Australian Government-cleared specialists.
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