Dell's Australian datacentre coming soon: Kremer

Dell Australia and New Zealand managing director, Joe Kremer, tells briefing in Sydney that its planned Australian datacentre won't be a 'long time away'

Dell Australia and New Zealand managing director, Joe Kremer, has confirmed at a quarterly business briefing in Sydney that its planned Australian datacentre won't be a "long time away".

Kremer told analysts and press that the vendor had launched datacentre capabilities in Massachusetts, US and Slough, UK and while he did not have a formal announcement to make for Australia, he did say that a datacentre would not be a long time away from completion.

"You can anticipate that with the facilities we have stood up in other parts of the world you can see the direction we are going in," Kremer said.

In August 2011, Kremer said that the company was currently investigating sites for the datacentre - he would not name the state the data centre would reside in - and was hiring staff for a cloud services team.

At the time, he said the company would use the datacentre to provide co-location and data centre hosting services for local customers as well as a cloud-based on-demand storage service.

The datacentre would accommodate customers with the vendor's own hardware as well as those wishing to relocate non-Dell hardware, and offer the same service levels to both, depending on the capabilities of rival hardware.

News of Dell's Aussie datacentre first arose in March 2011 when Dell company chief executive, Michael Dell, told some media outlets during a flying visit to Australia that the vendor would be building a facility.

At the time, Michael Dell said that while some of its local partners such as Tier 5, were looking after customer data centre needs, market demand dictated that the company build one.

In April that year, a Dell Australia spokesperson confirmed that a datacentre would be built "in country" while a solutions centre was planned for Sydney.

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