The FKG Group’s $40 million Pulse Data Centre will officially open in Toowoomba today.
The first regional tier III data centre of its kind in Australia, Pulse Data Centre adds to the estimated $11 billion worth of developments under way in Toowoomba, enhancing the city’s attractiveness to global businesses.
FKG Group executive chairman Gary Gardner said the data centre placed the Garden City in line with the world trend for regional data centres.
“The majority of the world’s largest data centres are located not in capital cities but in regional areas, which thanks to the latest technology can provide not only lower costs, but also scalability and access to national communications infrastructure,” he said.
“Together with our commitment to exploring opportunities for the development and production of our own power through clean and renewable energy sources, Pulse Data Centre is well positioned to become an extremely cost-competitive offering, attractive to businesses from around the world.”
The data centre is set to form the cornerstone of the city’s Technology Park, as part of a broader strategy to develop an Innovation Precinct capitalising on the high-speed, low latency, carrier-neutral fibre-optic communications links to the data centre and within the park.
“We are currently in discussions with multiple strategic partners who are keen to work with us to progress the Innovation Precinct project and we are confident that we will turn the first sod by the end of the year,” Mr Gardner said.
Mr Gardner thanked the Queensland Government for its support, including a $10 million, interest-free loan via the catalytic infrastructure funding program, which facilitated the data centre’s early development.
- Pulse Data Centre is the first regional tier III certified data centre in Australia
- The centre provides both retail and wholesale colocation data centre capacity
- Single-level data centre located 500m above sea level on the Great Dividing Range on the outskirts of Toowoomba
- Situated on 30 hectares, it has immediate access to land for future expansion
- With power supply and cost a key consideration, the centre will benefit from accessing multiple power supplies in the region and options for green energy
- Local climatic conditions reduce the facility’s energy consumption and costs