Townsville City Council and James Cook University have agreed to underpin the development of a North Queensland Regional Data Centre, to be housed underneath the local disaster co-ordination centre now under construction at Dalrymple Rd.
The energy-efficient Tier 3 managed data centre will allow global companies such as banks, information technology and knowledge services companies to locate facilities in the North.
Mayor Jenny Hill said the data centre was crucial to expanding Townsville’s capacity and creating opportunities for local businesses to grow and attracting new jobs to the city.
“This critical infrastructure will cement the city’s reputation as a leader in regional Australia,” Cr Hill said.
“Both Council and JCU have worked collaboratively to ensure the Data Centre will be built in Townsville and the benefits be spread locally.”
The organisations have signed an agreement to be anchor tenants for the data centre, which will also provide services – such as cloud storage – to local businesses.
Optus and Schneider Electric have committed to supporting the data centre as part of a joint consortium bid with iSeek.