Canberra Data Centres, 48 percent owned by diversified Wellington based company Infratil, has been chosen by Microsoft to host two new Australian instances of the Microsoft Azure cloud services, in its two Canberra data centres.
Infratil said that, along with other recent contract wins the deployment of Azure would take utilisation of CDC’s data centres to 73 percent, and the board of CDC had approved the development of another 20MW data centre in Canberra to provision further capacity to support growth. Construction is pending final development approvals but is expected to start in September.
Microsoft said the deal would make it the only major cloud provider in Australia to deliver hyperscale cloud services to handle unclassified and protected government data. The two facilities will complement Microsoft’s existing Azure cloud services currently delivered from data centres in Sydney and Melbourne.
Microsoft said the two new regions in Canberra would focus on the needs of government and their suppliers. They will be available in the first half of 2018 and will “offer unprecedented opportunity through advanced data analytics, sophisticated data protections and artificial intelligence,” according to Microsoft.
Infratil announced in May 2016 that it would acquire 48 percent of CDC for $A392 million in cash ($NZ423m). Australia's Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation also acquired 48 percent and CDC executives the remaining four percent. The deal gave Infratil and Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation 50/50 governance rights.
At the time CDC was owned by funds associated with Quadrant Private Equity, the founders and management.