Fujitsu is growing its data centre investment and capabilities in Australia as more businesses move their data into offsite data centres to support the rise in remote working due to COVID-19.
The ICT giant is adding 4,500 square metres of technical area with 20 megawatts of power capacity to its Western Sydney data centre. The first of the new data halls is expected to be operational by March 2021.
The company plans to add another 14,000 square metres and over 50 megawatts of increased power capacity as part of a broader hyperscale expansion plan.
The expansion will support more than 1,300 jobs during construction and provide work for around 1,000 service and engineering specialists when the data centre is operational.
‘Fujitsu is building on more than 20 years of data centre experience in Australia, and a strong heritage of providing high-quality data centre services to government and enterprise customers,’ says James Veness, head of data centre portfolio, Oceania, Fujitsu.
‘This expansion will ensure that Fujitsu’s data centres have the required data hall capacity for continued growth in this region.’
According to data analytics firm GlobalData, the data centre services market in Australia will generate A$1.4 billion in revenue in 2020 and grow to A$1.9 billion in 2023. The growth is attributed to ‘the sudden rise in remote working forcing businesses to move even more data offsite into the cloud and third-party data centre locations for business resiliency and continuity of operations.’
Fujitsu has six data centre facilities in Australia: three in New South Wales; one in Victoria; one in Queensland; and one in Western Australia. When expansion works are complete, the Australian centres will offer among the best hyperscale capability in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Fujitsu.