A leading IT company will open the extension of its Te Rapa data centre in May, calling Hamilton an ideal site for critical IT systems.
Datacom offers a network of nine data centres located in major Australian and New Zealand cities.
The company extended the Kapua data centre with two new data floors providing an additional 376 rack spaces, citing an earlier-than-expected increase in demand.
Datacom chief operating officer Steve Matheson said ''as high speed networking costs across New Zealand plummet on the back of the ultra-fast fibre roll-out, we expect Hamilton to be increasingly recognised as an ideal data centre site for critical IT systems."
The Kapua data centre opened in March 2013 and the first data halls were quickly taken up.
Practical completion of the extension will be completed ahead of schedule on April 15. The additional data floor will be open on May 1.
Matheson said Datacom data centres are cost effective and give service providers fast connectivity with customers who use the centres.
''We see an eco-system starting to develop.''
''Demand has forced us to pull forward the third phase of Kapua's development,'' said Matheson. ''The fact that one year on from the official opening of this facility we are already commissioning a major upgrade is pleasing and simply reflects the customer demand for this facility.''
The expansion brings the data centre's total capacity up to 736 rack equivalents. Site power generating capacity excluding redundancy moves to 3.6 megawatts.
Data and systems hosted in Kapua can be mirrored in real time to Datacom's Auckland facility Orbit to ensure data is secure and accessible at all times.Both centres are in the most geologically stable areas of the country.
Kapua houses some of New Zealand's most critical systems and data. Customers include government departments, banks, enterprises and internet service providers.
The improvements made to the data centre make systems physically more secure.Datacom's New Zealand data centres are in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.
In Australia Datacom has facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.
- Waikato Times