ANZ New Zealand is cutting the ribbon on a new $78 million datacentre in Auckland this morning, touting it as "state of the art" and an "investment in New Zealand.
The 4000 square metre purpose-built datacentre is officially being opened by Commerce Minister Simon Power. “The new on-shore ANZ New Zealand datacentre supports more than 40 percent of the country’s financial transactions, such as EFTPOS, ATM and online banking for the ANZ and The National Bank,” says ANZ New Zealand’s chief executive officer, Jenny Fagg, in a statement. She says having robust and stable technology systems underpinning ANZ's operations is imperative to increased growth and improved service. The facility complements the ANZ Group’s datacentres in Melbourne and Asia, and is fundamental to ANZ’s "super regional strategy". “The data centre will be an integral part of all of ANZ New Zealand’s banking systems including retail banking systems (branch, EFTPOS, ATM and online banking), corporate and institutional banking and transactions," she says. "It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week which mirrors the hours ANZ New Zealand customers can transact with the bank. The centre is energy-efficient and economises power consumption." The operating philosophy follows the principle of "no single point of failure", Fagg says. "This means that all of the IT processes are duplicated so that if one system, such as a data network or the power shuts down, the back-up system takes over seamlessly.” ANZ New Zealand comprises ANZ, The National Bank, Direct Broking, UDC, Bonus Bonds, Eftpos New Zealand and ING NZ.