Vocus Communications is launching its flagship premium data centre designed for businesses demanding the highest level of connectivity, power density, performance and security.
Located in the technology hub of the Melbourne CBD in the original ASX building, the new 300-rack facility is not only ultra convenient but highly connected. It links directly to
Vocus’ own international fibre optic network providing direct paths and bandwidth capacity across Australia and onwards to the United States, Asia and New Zealand. It also connects directly to all other main telcos offering diverse access.
Designed by one of Australasia’s most experienced teams of data centre engineers, the principles of sustainability, efficiency and scalability have been applied throughout the 1280m2 facility. Efficiencies have been gained through water-based cooling technologies, hot aisle containment and power distribution.
Partnering with Schneider Electric, Vocus’ new facility’s world-class integrated physical infrastructure connects key hardware enabling businesses to benefit from the highest level of efficiency, power density, redundancy, performance and security. It has a target uptime of 100%.
The data centre’s ‘white racks’ facilitiates maximum cooling efficiency, while huge power demands can be met with ease (supplying up to 30kW of power and cooling per rack). As a result, customers can choose hardware based on their business needs (and not on the power restrictions of a data centre).
In line with Vocus’ expansion plans, this launch is celebrates the completion of phase one of the planned build for 530 Collins Street, and is the second new premium facility unveiled by the company in as many months. Last month (October 2013), the New Zealand Minister for Communications and IT officially opened its Auckland exension, dubbed ‘the most connected data centre in the country’.
In both the Auckland and Melbourne data centres, customers have a revolutionary way to monitor and manage their hardware in the data centre. The Vocus View smartphone application (a free app) allows customers to remotely monitor power use, view live reports, have keyless entry to their rack and receive a range of notifications.
Vocus now has 11 data centres strategically spread across eight sites in Australia and New Zealand.
Key features of the new Melbourne Vocus data centre include:
- Unrivalled, diverse national and international connectivity via the Vocus network (multiple alternative carriers also available)
- High-power densities of up to 30kWs per rack
- Separate transformers, 2N UPS, 2N diesel generators on site
- On site fuel supply lasting in excess of 24 hours
- High security with 24/7 on site staff, biometric security, swipe card access and CCTV surveillance
- Design redundant N+1 chilled water cooling system
- Power usage efficiency (PUE) 1.3
- Carrier Neutral facility
Vocus Communications Limited (ASX:VOC), has revealed another step in its Dark Fibre strategy by extending its dark fibre run out key business hubs in Northern Sydney including Brookvale, French’s Forest, Cromer and Manly. This fibre run covers a distance of approximately 20km and is due to be lit and fully functioning in early November 2013.
The pinnacle of this dark fibre run took place on Wednesday 30th October when Vocus ran submarine cable through Sydney’s Middle Harbour at the Roseville Bridge.
Vocus has once again teamed up with their main cable supplier Prysmian to manufacture the 312 Core Submarine cable. The cable consists of 312 Optical Fibres in a water proofed loose tube.
“Our motivation behind it has come from a combination of strategic planning and customer demand” James Spenceley, Vocus CEO. Upon completion of this link it will provide Vocus’ customers with diversity out of these suburbs, including the Southern Cross landing station using the existing link that traverses down through Manly, Mosman, Cremorne back in to North Sydney.
Existing Vocus customer Network Ten is set to benefit from this dark fibre run with the potential to add greater utilisation to their existing Vocus fibre links. Network Ten’s new breakfast program, Wake Up, is also set on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, at Surf City, Manly.
This particular fibre run did not come easy, strict guidelines from local councils, RMS, Garigal National Park and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The project has taken over six months of intense planning so far.
The Northern Sydney dark fibre run is further strategic step in Vocus’ plans to become a leading infrastructure provider to the telco, cloud computing and retail ISP markets.
The heart of Melbourne’s CBD and the booming region of Albany, north Auckland, are the choice locations for Vocus’ newest data centres due to officially open in October 2013.
530 Collins Street is Vocus’ flagship data centre, right in the midst of the Melbourne business district. This 1,280 square metre 400-rack facility provides an ultra-convenient location and has already attracted significant interest amongst corporate and enterprise clients.
The Albany facility is already dubbed ‘the best connected Data Centre in New Zealand’. It complements Vocus’ existing neighbouring facility (which is near capacity at 270 racks) and offers in excess of 60 racks – with room to grow.
Both High Availability Data Centres link directly to Vocus’ own international fibre optic network, providing direct paths Trans Tasman, and onto the US, Singapore and Hong Kong. Furthermore, the network peers directly with many of the world’s largest content providers. Combined, this means a smoother, faster online experience.
In addition, the sites are carrier neutral, offer exceptional security and have been designed to support 100% uptime SLA. With power density up to 30kW each, both DCs enable clients to select hardware based on business needs as opposed to the limitations of what their DC provider can offer.
A nice little touch for clients of both new data centres is the Vocus View DC App. This free application allows you to monitor power use, enjoy keyless entry to your rack, and receive useful notifications.
For more information about Vocus’ latest addition to its extensive network of data centres located throughout Australasia, please contact your Vocus Account Manager or email email@example.com
VOCUS Communications Limited (ASX: VOC) today announces the divestment of the New Zealand Retail Backup business Datalock Limited (Datalock)
Maxnet Limited was acquired by Vocus in May 2012. As part of that acquisition, Vocus acquired a New Zealand Retail Data Backup business, Datalock. This wholly owned subsidiary of Maxnet was not considered to form part of Vocus’ core business.
Vocus has entered into a binding agreement to sell the customers of Datalock to j2 (NASDAQ:JCOM). The consideration for the sale is NZ$600,000. The disposal is not expected to have any impact on the EBITDA of Vocus.
Vocus is continually reviewing its acquired businesses to ensure that focus remains on its core competencies and that it is able to leverage its assets for the benefit of its shareholders. This Datalock sale marks the first sale of a non core business unit within an acquired business. The funds received will be recycled into Vocus’ core products.
James Spenceley, CEO, said of the deal “j2 are an excellent partner with global presence and a long service history to provide the retail online backup customers with the high level of service that they have come to expect. This divestment represents Vocus’ commitment to its core businesses.”
Read the complete press release here
Photo shows Vocus Albany, NZ Office
VOCUS Communications Limited (ASX: VOC), a leading Australian provider of Internet, Fibre, Voice and Data Centre services, today announced its results for the half year ended to 31 December 2012.
Revenue for the first half of FY2013 was $30.6 million, up 40.0% from $21.9 million in the previous corresponding period.
Underlying Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) which excludes foreign exchange gains and losses, was $9.8 million, up 29.3% from $7.6 million.
Reported NPAT for the half year period was $4.2 million up 19.8% from $3.5 million. Fully diluted earnings per share for the half year period were 5.52 cents v 5.50 cents in the previous corresponding period.
Given the strong result, an interim fully franked dividend of 0.4 cents per ordinary share will be paid on 26 March 2013, with a record date of 12 March 2013.
James Spenceley, CEO of Vocus said: “FY2013 is a transformational investment phase, with significant funds being invested in building strong long term assets. Cash flows are robust and expected to grow over time as Vocus shifts its focus from building infrastructure to the leveraging the assets built.”
“On the basis of the strong results and growing asset base, the Board has decided to start rewarding the shareholders with an initial conservative dividend.”
“Vocus has approximately $13.3m in cash and a signed term sheet for $13m of additional acquisition bank facilities. This will allow the company to continue its organic and inorganic plans, giving the company a strong platform for continued growth.”