demonstrating its commitment to the local market and
confidence in Dunedin as a growth region by spending $2m
building a new data centre in the city, general manager Steve
Mills said yesterday.
While the new centre would not create any new jobs, it would
make existing jobs more secure, he said in an interview.
''We wouldn't be investing in the region if we were not
serious about staying here.''
Gen-i, part of Telecom, was committed to ongoing investment
in the things that made a difference to its clients, Mr Mills
With the opening of the new Christchurch data centre earlier
this week, Gen-i now operated a combined network of 15 Gen-i
data centres and five Revera Homeland data centres across New
It had also invested in additional capacity in Auckland and
''This is the largest, most comprehensive network of highly
resilient facilities in New Zealand,'' he said.
Gen-i southern regional manager Peter Thomas said he had a
strong base of clients who were looking for more support,
particularly with ''cloud'' options.
When people talked about the cloud, or the hosting of data
off site, they often thought about large overseas companies,
However, New Zealand companies wanted to buy cloud storage as
part of an overall scheme and often preferred a New Zealand
company hosting their data.
The move to a local data centre was viewed as a first step in
a pathway to cloud hosting.
''They like to walk past where it is stored by us and they
want their data to stay in New Zealand.''
The new Dunedin data centre would be located at the hub of
the Telecom CBD network.
Both facilities shared the resilient infrastructure required
to ensure service continuity to all Telecom services, such as
the public telephone network, Mr Thomas said.
Continuity of power supply and back-up generation was a civil
priority in the ''substantial and highly secure'' public
Asked about security of data, Mr Mills said data security was
important to everyone. There could be reasons for New
Zealanders wanting to have their data stored in another city
''With the recent seismic activity in New Zealand, clients
have become more interested in the prospect of data recovery.
We ... can offer world-class security.
''Decreasing costs of bandwidth, coupled with the realisation
from recent natural events of the real need to have robust
back-up makes other-city and other-island disaster recovery
facilities a real option, if not a necessity.''
Dunedin offered a secure location for businesses further
afield to house back-up solutions, Mr Mills said.