NEXTDC Ltd has announced the launch of its new edge data center network with the acquisition of its first regional data center site in Maroochydore, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. SC1 is the first in a series of geographically dispersed, edge data centers that will enable low-latency services to regional businesses and networks across Australia.
Leveraging NEXTDC’s core data centre platform, these new edge sites form regional digital hubs, enabling businesses to seamlessly integrate their technology to aaS providers and cloud platforms. This new infrastructure will help bolster support for regional business communities, helping drive innovation, connectivity and growth more easily through enhanced access to digital services previously uncatered for.
Edge data centers benefit from the implementation of 5G regional networks and the growing needs of businesses who require low-latency and high resilience in their digital infrastructure.
Like NEXTDC’s metropolitan data center footprint, these new edge sites are connected to NEXTDC’s extensive digital services ecosystem via AXON, NEXTDC’s elastic interconnection services platform. AXON will provide direct and secure access to the Company’s broader national digital services ecosystem, comprising over 700 technology partners and Australia’s largest network of public cloud onramps for Microsoft, AWS, Google, IBM, Oracle, Ali Cloud and more.
Furthermore, NEXTDC’s edge network is strategically located in proximity to critical telecommunications infrastructure. SC1 hosts the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network (“SCIBN”) Cable Landing Station. The SCIBN submarine cable connects to the 7,000km Japan-Guam-Australia South (“JGA-S”) submarine cable. JGA-S is a fibre optic cable consortium that includes AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network), Google and RTI (global subsea cable operator). With a total planned capacity of 1MW, SC1 has been engineered to support the highest levels of customer availability and is backed by NEXTDC’s industry leading service guarantee of 100% uptime.
“The edge is an emerging pillar of our digital infrastructure platform. The acquisition of SC1 and the SCIBN Cable Landing Station leverages several years of research into the growth of edge computing and the current and future requirements of digitally enabled regional communities”, says NEXTDC Chief Executive Officer, Craig Scroggie. “SC1 marks an important first step in our edge data center network expansion plans which is supported by our national digital infrastructure platform.”
To support backhaul requirements from NEXTDC’s B1 and B2 Brisbane data centers to JGA-S, QCN Fibre has ‘lit’ up to 35 Terabytes per second of diverse telecommunications capacity.
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