New Next Generation Data Centre Opens in Melbourne


NEXTDC has announced it has officially opened M3 Melbourne, its largest data centre facility to date. NEXTDC says it expects to invest $1.5b in the technology campus over time, which spans a land area of more than 100,000sqm. M3 adds that it will deliver 150MW of critical power for technology services and provide essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy.

Directly interconnecting with NEXTDC’s M1 and M2 Melbourne metropolitan campuses, M3 will enable organisations to leverage the performance advantage of direct, low-latency connectivity to cloud-dense digital ecosystems, and the unique NEXTDC community of over 770 service providers and partners.

The opening of M3 comes just under a month after NEXTDC’s S3 data centre launch in Artarmon, Sydney, underlining the company’s customer-led growth plan.

“The Australian digital economy is growing rapidly, accelerating the need for interconnected cloud services, sovereign secured and sustainable solutions enabled by Tier IV certified facilities to assure business resilience. As a market leader, NEXTDC is responding to market demand by expanding our digital infrastructure platform,” says NEXTDC Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Craig Scroggie.

Located in West Footscray, M3 is approximately 9km west of Melbourne’s CBD, allowing organisations convenient access to this prime location. The new hyperscale technology campus is strategically situated close to major electricity substations as well as diverse telecommunications network infrastructure, which underpin the unique NEXTDC 100% uptime guarantee, assuring zero downtime.

“The size and capability of M3 provides a gateway for Enterprise and Government organisations to directly connect and integrate their IT infrastructure with public and private cloud providers. We are building a community that enhances Australia’s access to critical, secure and sovereign connectivity, complimented by our industry leading sustainability solutions.” added Craig Scroggie.

Key technical specifications of M3 include:

  • 100% fault tolerance Uptime Tier IV facility
  • Certified Strategic by DTA – Federal Government
  • ~150MW target capacity across ~41,000 sqm of technical space
  •  Sustainability and environmental leadership with a target PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) of 1.25
  • Four diverse carrier access points
  • Mission Critical Operations (MCX) Centre
  • Private, secure, low latency connectivity to market leading public and private cloud platforms

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