Indigenous-owned data centre given stamp of approval

Data centre will commence operations in the Norther Territory in 2021.

Local Australian Indigenous-owned business Binary Security, has acquired the rights to operate a data centre at Charles Darwin University.

The yet-to-be-named data centre is set to commence operations in the second quarter of 2021. The Tier-3 rated facility started pre-sales for rack space within the data centre have commenced and demand is expected to be high, in December 2020.

Stewart Stacey, managing director at Binary Security Managing Director said one of the first things I will be doing is providing traineeships on data operations.

“I am very motivated to recruit Indigenous trainees as part of my company’s long-term goal to reverse the under-representation of First Nations Australians in the tech industry,” he said.

Stewart has also involved traditional owners — the Larrakia People, to make their mark on the new data centre.

Elders will be invited to bestow a name on the facility and to share a unique name for different doors within the labyrinth-like interior.

“Inside the centre, the walls will also feature an original mural, created by the traditional owners,” Stewart said

The facility brings enterprise certified capability to Darwin, which previously was only available in major cities outside of the Territory.

This gives “organisations with critical requirements such as data sovereignty, availability/dependability or enhanced security can soon subscribe to top quality, secure services within the Territory’s borders”, noted Stewart.

“The Territory has always needed enterprise-level capability in this area. Businesses are only as robust as their weakest link and the fact that Darwin has previously lacked a Tier 3 Data Centre was a very weak link.”

Adding to the benefit of the new centre is the fact that it is planned to run on LPG and is on its way to becoming the world’s first completely hydrogen powered data centre.

“Businesses that are actively working to reduce their carbon footprint will appreciate this innovation,” Stewart explained.




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