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NEXTDC - bringing the cloud to Brisbane - literally


NEXTDC is a Brisbane-based ASX 300 company and a world-leading internet data centre operator with purpose-built facilities to meet the market's growing appetite for cloud enablers. These are independent data centres in which businesses can host their critical IT infrastructure.

NEXTDC chief executive officer Craig Scroggie spoke to Digital Brisbane to demystify the cloud service provider phenomenon and give an insight into data centres and why they’re so important to the future of your business.

Mr Scroggie has substantial senior leadership experience within the IT and telecommunications industries and has previously held senior leadership positions with Veritas Software, Computer Associates, EMC Corporation and Fujitsu.

Last year, NEXTDC announced it would have five operating data centres by the end of 2013 – adding new facilities in Sydney and Perth to existing facilities in Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.

A huge 17,500sqm facility at Macquarie Park in Sydney is going through the final stages of fit-out, and in Perth NEXTDC is on track to deliver the facility by the end of December.

Mr Scroggie said there was a lot to be considered when sourcing the location for a data centre.

“There are a number of criteria we need to meet to be suitable for a data centre of NEXTDC standard,” he said.

“Access to power is a major factor. We have secured large amounts of power for each of our data centre sites and we locate them close to a substation with plenty of capacity for our future needs.

“Proximity to businesses and customers is another factor to make it convenient for our customers to visit the facility.

“Access to public infrastructure – water, transport and telecommunications networks – are also important, and then we go through a large risk assessment for susceptibility to natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other potential dangers to the security of the data centre.

“If the property meets all of these criteria, and has enough space for our physical footprint, then NEXTDC will go ahead with the purchase.”

What does this mean for your business?

So what does a small-to-medium business do if it’s looking to embrace digital technologies to enhance its business outcomes?

Mr Scroggie can offer some sound advice.

“Take full advantage of cloud computing data centre service providers,” he said.
“Companies such as Optus Business, who specialise in providing infrastructure, platform and applications as a service, are operating from enterprise class data centre facilities to provide their customers with everything from internet access, email and business applications.

“Utilising cloud providers can mean a company is able to operate their IT in an outsourced model with a range of benefits to the more traditional in-house IT model.”

How using a cloud provider can boost your business

Mr Scroggie said the business benefits of using a cloud provider operating out of an enterprise class data centre included:

  • Improved productivity and customer service through services delivered from a reliable data centre that provides redundancy to keep a business continually online.

  • Specialist staff dedicated to managing IT needs, operational issues and maintenance. i.e. the end customer doesn't need to add to their IT head count, and gets the added benefit of broader and deeper expertise.

  • Mobility for workforce.

  • Scalability of services on an as-needs basis.

  • Improvements in business integrity and continuity, as a provider will manage regulatory, security, technical and operational complexities on an ongoing basis.

  • Keeping up to date with later technology, as the cloud provider will continually update its services.

  • Saving on capital expenditure and staffing costs.

“In short, the benefits far outweigh the monthly costs associated with an outsourced service for most companies, making cloud computing service providers the technological frontrunner to help take a business to a higher level,” Mr Scroggie said.

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