Clear launches telehousing data centres

Clear Communications is opening three data centres for its new telehousing service of 'mission critical' equipment, starting in the New Year.

Clear Communications is opening three data centres for its new telehousing service of "mission critical" equipment, starting in the New Year.

Work is underway on the first one in Hamilton - sited in the basement of a 15-storey city centre office block and shopping mall.

Much of the infrastructure is already on site as the basement is currently being refurbished.

Clear say the centre already has a customer who will soon be joined by the Ministry of Social Policy.

"The ministry will be putting its gear in as part of the services we already offer them," says Clear spokesperson Rochelle Lockley.

The other sites will be at Albany, Auckland, and Avalon, Wellington.

Clear promises 'terabytes' of available bandwith for transmitting data as the centres are on its fibre optic core network.

"The whole idea of a data centre is a maintained and secure environment. At the moment we are creating a network of secure rooms with 24X7 monitoring connected to our network managment centre in Auckland so we can tell before the customer if anything is wrong", Lockley says.

Clear network director Ken Benson says the service is aimed at retail customers, major customers, themselves and will even be offered to rivals.

"Companies can put in mission critical equipment like a server, router, data equipment - any piece of electronic equipment considered to be mission critical to a service or network of computers," he says.

The fee will be based on the floorspace used and will be offered as a one-off or part of a package of services.

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