HP data centre opened at Eastern Creek

COMPUTER giant Hewlett-Packard has opened its long awaited $200 million data centre at Eastern Creek in a strategic move to gain control of the regional IT services market.

A HP spokesman said the new Aurora Data Centre offers a range of IT services for businesses to respond to new opportunities and changing market demands without having to invest in their own computing needs.

The spokesman did not identify a specific number of jobs which will be created in the area but said the centre will be manned by many top high tech staff.

The company also unveiled its future plans to build out up to 12,500 square metres of floorspace at the high-security site to offer government and private sector greater cloud and managed services.

Broadband and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy opened the centre yesterday, Wednesday, June 13, about 18 months after it received approval for construction.

The first phase of the facility offers 2500 square metres of technical floorspace to major clients that include Origin Energy, Downer and Elders Australia.

David Caspari, managing director, HP South Pacific said the centre program is aimed at modernising facilities to support emerging and future technologies in regional, national and world markets.

‘‘Our next-generation data centre will allow organisations to modernise their infrastructure, applications and implement cloud computing services,’’ he said.

Alan Bennett, vice president, HP Enterprise Services—South Pacific said enterprise and government agencies around the world are facing smaller budgets while trying to enhance value to customers and citizens.

“Utilising a facility like HP’s Aurora Data Centre will help them better control and manage their technology infrastructure and adapt to meet future enterprise requirements,” he said.

Minister Conroy said this investment would put Australia at the forefront of the digital economy and support the new NBN high-tech infrastructure services.

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