Construction begins on new Macquarie Telecom data centre at North Ryde

8 August 2011

Artists impression of Macquarie Telecom data centre

Macquarie Telecom has announced that construction is progressing well on its new world-class data centre at North Ryde, a $60 million investment that will create up to 100 jobs over five years.

The new data centre, called Intellicentre 2, is scheduled to open in early 2012.

The investment was secured for NSW with support from NSW Trade and Investment.

The data centre will create 50 jobs in its first year rising to almost 100 jobs within five years.

It will support the data management needs of firms across a range of organisations needing high-availability and scalable hosting resources, such as financial institutions, local, State and Federal Government, digital media, utilities and software companies. 

As well as the direct investment and jobs to be created by the new data centre, the availability of such facilities can often be a determining factor in attracting investment by major companies to NSW.

Reliable and secure data centres are critical 21st century infrastructure providing co-located support services for banks, financial institutions and other professional services companies across our growing digital economy.

This is particularly important in NSW where services comprise over 80 per cent of industry output, highlighting the strength of our knowledge-based economy.

Macquarie Telecom says the North Ryde data centre will involve a company investment of over $60 million in land, mechanical, electrical, plant and equipment.

Macquarie Telecom already operates a data centre in Sydney's CBD but is establishing this second centre at North Ryde to cater for continued growth in data hosting and managed enterprise cloud computing services.

When complete, Intellicentre 2 will be Australia's highest quality,  state-of-the-art data centre specifically engineered with a focus on sustainability, security, and full N+1 redundancy for all design elements such as power, water, mechanical plant and data networks.

The data centre will also utilise world leading energy, cooling and management technologies to drive down power consumption to world class levels.

The facility, being built over a two hectare site, will also be accredited to global security standards to support the data management needs of both corporate and government customers. It will have capacity to service 1,000+ racks in stage 1 of the build-out.

North Ryde was chosen as the location for the data centre given its access to telecommunications and power infrastructure, proximity to Macquarie Telecom's corporate and government customers, in addition to alleviating any security, compliance, data residency and latency concerns customers have about cloud  services.

For more information and artist impressions of the new development see

Animated video walkthroughs of the interior and exterior can also be viewed at and