IBM has opened an NZ$80 million (US$61.2 million) data centre on the outskirts of Auckland, hoping to close down older facilities in New Zealand and attract customers before the likes of NextDC and Vocus open their own Kiwi facilities.
The 5,200 sq m facility in Highbrook Business Park, will be used to progressively phase out IBM’s use of a third-party facility in central Auckland and complement a second IBM facility in Wellington. It uses a combination of free cooling (use of ambient outside air) and filtered rainwater to cool computing equipment. Its 1500 sq m of server room space can fit around 720 server racks and IBM expects it to meet local demands for the next 15 years.
Source: IT News