DCI Data Centres (DCI) has completed its first cloud data center in Auckland, New Zealand.
Known as AKL01, the data center is part of a bigger strategy to increase DCI’s New Zealand footprint. The company also plans to open an Albany facility, AKL02, which will combine with AKL01 to provide over 50MW of capacity.
DCI says its first data center was completed “on time and on budget,” and can manage multi-national cloud, classified government, and defense workloads.
Malcolm Roe, head of Australian and New Zealand business at DCI, said: “It is fantastic to have delivered our first data center in New Zealand which will address a critical capacity gap in the market and support the growth of the digital economy.”
AKL01 will provide 10MW of capacity to the region and was first announced in 2021. The data center, and its partner AKL02 which is expected to go live in 2024, will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
Group chief executive officer Nicholas Toh said: “AKL01 has been designed to support New Zealand’s data sovereignty, cloud adoption, and digital skills development. We expect to collectively bring over NZ$600 million (US$371m) to the Auckland region, with a combined economic value exceeding NZ$1.4 billion (US$870m) over the life of the projects.”
The company is anticipating each data center will create over 150 jobs during construction, with 250 ongoing jobs to support the ICT once the site is operational.
DCI is a portfolio company of Brookfield’s Global Data Centre Platform and has operational data centers located in Australia’s Sydney and Adelaide, and more facilities either planned or in development in both cities.