Macquarie launches Canberra data centre to manage classified government workloads

Macquarie launches Canberra data centre to manage classified government workloads

Macquarie has launched a secure data center in Canberra, designed to house classified Australian Government workloads.

Macquarie Data Centres and Macquarie Government have launched the latest facility in the company’s highly secure data center portfolio, Intellicenter 5 (IC5) in Canberra, purpose-built to house the most highly classified Australian Government workloads.

The A$17 million ‘bunker’ data center is a product of a record year for Macquarie, during which the company invested over A$100 million into the construction of secure, sovereign Australian data centers in Sydney and Canberra.  

IC5 expands Macquarie’s sovereign data center footprint in Canberra, providing a fully sovereign ecosystem in terms of supply chain, staff and data access and storage. Alongside Macquarie’s adjacent Intellicenter 4 (IC4), the new facility offers further capacity for government cloud workloads and an additional secure facility to back up data.

The combined 4-megawatt (MW) facilities leverage the latest physical and virtual security and compliance credentials to manage highly classified government cloud workloads. These include being a Tier IV, SCEC Zone 5 ready data center, supported by over 150 NV1 government-cleared engineers – including in its 24x7x365 support center – a 25% increase in cybersecurity engineers since construction commenced in July 2020.

David Hirst, Group Executive, Macquarie Data Centres, said: “Ensuring that data remains secure, sovereign and within Australia’s borders is vital to protecting our national security and privacy interests – this facility embodies that need in every way.”

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