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European Australian Business : 2008
The Canberra Technology City (CTC) project will provide European Corpora- tions with a safe and secure location in which to place their computer sys- tems to support their Asia Pacific operations. The CTC location will also provide the capability to act as a global backup and recovery position for their European and North American based computer centres. A consortium including Technical Real Estate (TRE), Galileo Connect and the Australia Capital Territory multi-utility provider, ActewAGL have combined their capabilities to deliver the dual site Data Centre campus with a master plan to support 30 Data Centres. In recognition of the high availability demand and tremendous consump- tion of power by Data Centres the CTC project will develop an onsite Gas and Steam based power plant. The Gas and Steam power plant will cut green house gas emissions up to 80% making the CTC Data centres the most efficient and “GREEN” in Asia Pacific. The technology in the gas power plant provides for clean and efficient elec- tricity generation as well as providing for heating and cooling services to the Data centres. Power will be provided at highly competitive costs relative to Australia Coal based generation and infrastructure. Australia offers the most stable, safe and secure country in all of Asia Pacific in which to locate a companies Data Centre facilities. With the provision of 2 campus sites, one of 21 hectares and the 2nd of 14 hectares offering high security, robust power and telecom- munications the CTC represents the obvious choice. The dual sites are strategically located 27 kilometres apart and are both furnished with separate power grid feeds ( Tier 4 sup- ply ) in addition to diverse high speed telecommunications. The distance of the 2 locations are ideal for synchro- nous replication and for backup and recovery operations. The dual site master plan will support the development of 30 Data Centres of- fering high technical specifications for power and cooling. These Data centres are designed to support blade servers and high end computing technology. The Data centres will have the ability to significantly upgrade the power via access to the onsite power station as well as being designed to deploy liquid C02 cabinet cooling inside the data hall. These upgrade paths will provide long term tenure for the campus ten- ants. CTC aims to strengthen the position of the Australian Capital Territory as a provider of data centre facilities and services necessary to attract and retain high value data centre tenants and their skilled workforce. The Partners Technical Real Estate and Galileo Connect. TRE in partnership with Galileo Con- nect has created a specialist Data Centre business to deliver turn key Data Centre solutions in Australia and throughout Asia Pacific. TRE is the de- veloper and landlord of these facilities and will provide campus security and access control services to the campus sites. Data Centre operations will be with the tenant or their selected facili- ties management provider. Galileo Connect is a UK based Data Centre technology provider respon- sible for the development of over 1 million square metres of ‘blue chip’ Data Centre facilities around the globe. ActewAGL As a true multi-utility, ActewAGL is uniquely equipped to deliver the necessary gas, electricity and water infrastructure required for next generation, scalable, long-term Data Centre facilities. ActewAGL plays a vital role in the region’s strategic development and continues to be a leader in innovation within Canberra’s vibrant information economy. The Canberra Technology City (CTC) project 70 Site 1 Master Plan