Albury top pick for Virtutel's data centre

Friday 16 February 2018

Albury has been chosen as the site for a new modular data centre, following finalisation of commercial arrangements between TransGrid Telecommunications and telecommunications service provider Virtutel.

Under the arrangement, TransGrid will provide facility access adjacent to its Lavington substation on Urana Road to Virtutel subsidiary VirtuDC for 25 years. This will allow for the installation of Virtutel’s Modular Data Centre and the co-location of telecommunications equipment and associated ancillary equipment.

“We’re pleased to support the development of data centres and provide critical telecommunications infrastructure in regional areas,” said TransGrid’s Head of Telecommunications, Glenn Wood.

“With emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles and the internet of things, locating data centres in regional areas means that the same types of service levels that are available in capital cities will be available to regionally based customers.”

As the first Australian site, Albury will provide opportunities for Virtutel to identify other locations in regional New South Wales where modular data centres could be established.

AlburyCity Mayor, Councillor Kevin Mack said the investment was a vote of confidence in Albury Wodonga’s growing emergence as a ‘smart city’.

“The project aligns perfectly with our Two Cities One Community Strategic Plan and our smart cities investigations. We’re thrilled that Albury Wodonga has been chosen for the first of these facilities,” he said.

“We’re always looking to embrace the technology of the future and the new data centre is a perfect fit as we work to become even smarter, more productive and better placed to harness the benefits of emerging technology.”

While the centre will be managed remotely from Melbourne, the facility’s construction is anticipated to inject up to $11 million into the Albury Wodonga economy. Construction is expected to commence in mid-2018.