Situated approximately 28km south of our Osborne Park data centre, our new Bibra Lake Facility is shaping up to be a state of the art, Tier 3 accredited data centre. This will be our flagship premises and the new base of our operations, whilst maintaining our stance on data sovereignty. We aim to be able to offer flexible options to our clients, ranging from 1RU / whole racks all the way up to an entire, secure, data hall with multiple racks.
We have made notable progress towards completing the Bibra Lake facility and re-applying for Tier III accreditation with Stage 1 expected to be online by April 2021. This is perfect for mid-market and enterprise customers who require Tier III compliance, security and accreditations. Once online and accredited, DC Two is set to become the only organisation with its own Tier III data centre and multi-tenant cloud platform on the ground and operating in Western Australia.
During 2021, we will be completing the data centre, and have it independently certified to Tier III level by the Uptime Institute, the world's leading authority in certifying data centres. This is a rigorous process and once complete, will provide our customers, investors & other stakeholders with the confidence that the Bibra Lake data centre has been designed and built to the minimum level suitable for the housing and hosting of mission critical digital infrastructure systems.
Driven by customer interest, the data centre is expected to be fully operational by April 2021.
The stage 1 deployment will be powered and cooled by fully redundant, completely independent and Tier III compliant systems with the Stage 1 components becoming "a data centre within a data centre". The Stage 1 components will be tested and used to maintain ideal environmental conditions suitable for continuous and reliable operations while the final Tier III deployment (Stage 2) is completed independently alongside the Stage 1 components, providing complete autonomy from each other.
Importantly for customers, any equipment hosted at Bibra Lake during Stage 1 will not have to physically move once the site achieves it's Tier III accreditation.
Stage 2 will consist of 2 distinct stages;
The certification process includes live, real world demonstrations of the data centre and its capabilities while intentionally and deliberately introducing failures to see how the data centre copes with planned maintenance activities or unplanned faults and failures. All of the testing and demonstrations are performed under full load conditions designed to push the facility to the limits.
A Tier III data centre is described as "concurrently maintainable" which means that each and every capacity or distribution component necessary to support the IT processing environment can be maintained on a planned basis without impact to the IT environment. This concept extends to important subsystems such as control systems for the mechanical plant, start systems for backup generators and cooling equipment including pumps to name a few. Unlike Tier I & II sites, Tier III facilities are designed to be online and available throughout a variety of planned and unplanned events, keeping your important IT systems "always on".
As our world moves online and further towards an integrated digital future, choosing how you house, store and protect your digital assets must be undertaken from a point of risk.
In todays "always on" world, even SMBs require access to their important email, communication and business data to operate while mid-market and enterprise businesses often can measure downtime in the millions of dollars per day in business impact and reputational damage when offline.
So, when choosing the right data centre partner, DC Two is the obvious choice and upon completion of our Tier III accreditation at Bibra Lake, it is expected that DC Two will become the ONLY data centre provider in Western Australia with its own Tier accredited data centre and multi-tenant cloud platform.
Further details on Tier ratings and Uptime Institute accreditations can be found here.
I've known John and the DC Two team for a number of years. They are experts in all things cloud, and share the same passion for technology as our IT business, Ever Nimble. We have worked with them on a number of occasions, including a complex global Veeam deployment, and they have provided incredibly quick access to Co-Lo space when we needed it urgently. I would highly recommend the team; we are a very proud partner.
- Chris Morrissey, CEO, Ever Nimble