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New facility houses 60 racks, features biometric and RFID security
Vocus NZ sales manager Steven Stanford opens the launch event.
The assembled crowd included media, telco and ISP representatives, and Vocus staff.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams flew into Auckland to attend the Vocus launch.
Vocus Board of Directors chairman David Spence: "There's a great opportunity in New Zealand, and we look forward to investing more into this country."
ICT Minister Amy Adams: "In some ways it's no surprise to me that we are seeing the growth and the success in businesses like [Vocus]. ... Equally, it's no surprise given the incredible explosion we're seeing worldwide, particularly in New Zealand, in our ever-increasing hunger for data. ... Frankly, there's no sign of that slowing down."
Guests assemble outside the new data centre as ICT Minister Amy Adams prepares to officially open the facility.
ICT Minister Amy Adams and Vocus Board of Directors chairman David Spence declare the new data centre open.
Guests enter the new data centre through the 'airlock' between two reinforced doors. Access to the facility requires two-factor authentication via biometrics (fingerprint) and swipecard (RFID).
The new data centre includes two sealed cages for clients requiring an additional level of restricted access.
The caged areas each have a minimum configuration of 16 racks.
At the data centre's official opening today, all racks were still empty. The chilled water cooling system was not yet up and running, making the facility a balmy room-temperature.
With the data centre empty, the cable trays are pristine - only the bare minimum of infrastructure is presently in place.
Note the swipecard-controlled door locks on each rack, supplementing the conventional key locks below. These smart locks are remotely controllable.
Racks are available for colocation, by the full rack.
Cable management systems always look so neat before the cables go in.
Underfloor ventilation is protected by heavy metal grating.
ICT Minister Amy Adams tours the new facility with Vocus staff and guests.