Gen-i to build new datacentres in Auckland and Wellington

'We're in the datacentre game,' declares Telecom CEO Simon Moutter

Telecom’s ICT division Gen-i is building two major datacentres in Auckland and Wellington, to go live in 2014 and 2015.

Telecom CEO Simon Moutter says the company currently has 14 datacentres nationwide, but most are located inside exchanges.“We’re quite full, and its time to branch out and build some major datacentres,” he told Computerworld.

The Auckland datacentre, to be located in Takanini in South Auckland, will be open in mid-2014. It will be built to a modular design, with an initial 350 rack capacity, with the capability to scale up to deliver a 1000 rack capacity as required.

The Wellington datacentre will be located in Upper Hutt and will open in 2014/15. It will also have a modular design with an initial capacity of 350 racks, and the capacity to scale up to 750 racks.

Moutter would not say how much the datacentres will cost, citing commercial sensitivity. But when asked if the investment is on the same scale as rival Datacom – which is building a $30 million datacentre in Hamilton to complement its Auckland facility – Moutter replied: “No, bigger; big ones.”

“We’re in the datacentre game,” he says.

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Seems the new DCs will be modular, so great - start small, expand on demand. Given none of us have a functional crystal ball, this is a move that could go either way. It's ballsy, given Gen-i aren't one of the AoG cloud providers, but there are plenty of enterprises in NZ outside AoG.

As IT is trending away from hardware purchasing, this will probably work out very much in their favour in the medium term.

John Harrop


"We're in the datacentre game,"

from wikipedia - "game is structured playing, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games are distinct from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more often an expression of aesthetic or ideological elements.

other noteable games telecom have played have included:
"What has every telco in the world done in the past? It's used confusion as its chief marketing tool. And that's fine ... But at some level, whether they consciously articulate or not, customers know that's what the game has been. They know we're not being straight up." from his former mentor Theresa Gattung

Simon - why can't we get a great Telco with bills that are readable and compare to the services we consume. Actually I'd like to just pay a fixed bill for power (after all I've already paid for the stuff that makes it) and the internet - well the less you guys have to do with it the better as far as I can see - I dont want you clipping the ticket on other peoples creativity - don't like NZ Enron and it's thinking...



What a timely decision - spark of brilliance - yeah right!



Wow, seems to me like there is going to be an awful lot of free Data Centre space around the country. With Amazon, MS 365 all signing up NZ clients daily, density ratios getting better and better and SaaS the way of the future, I wonder who is going to consume all this capacity?



Comes the same month where Amazon announces a new DataCentre and zone in Sydney, a price drop on storage which is already by far the cheapest to less than 10c per GB, a datawarehouse option which is 100's of times cheaper than other options as well as the 30+ other offerings they have with some seemingly new advance or offering or price cut every month. Whats Gen-i's point of difference again? Oh a big room in Takanini coming some time in the future but not till 2014!. Awesome.



In before the Gen-i hate starts.



just like their offices are.



Interestingly enough the new DataCentre at Takanini is going to be built on a piece of land that until now has been unsellable due to it being a swamp even during the summer. The decisions as always are based keeping cost low, not where a DataCentre should be located. Once again people in suits make the decisions without input from those who know.



Fine words from a group of Individuals that spent most of the early days of Geni/Telecom DataCentre market growth, trying to close down the business, and layoff the staff as the Telecom Executive Team could "see no future in Telehousing other customers equipment" and it would be best to outsource these nuisance clients to EDS.



Where in Takanini is it going?

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