Global cloud leader chooses Sydney

22 August 2012

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Rackspace team

Sydney and NSW's reputation as Australia's ICT hub was further confirmed today with the news that Rackspace - a global leader in cloud computing - has made a multi-million dollar investment in Western Sydney with a new datacentre, creating up to 50 jobs for the region.

The Erskine Park site will be Rackspace's first Australian data centre and its ninth centre globally, joining existing facilities in Dallas, Chicago, Virginia, London, and most recently Hong Kong.

Mark Randall, Country Manager of Rackspace said Sydney's global credentials as Australia's leading digital and ICT hub made it a compelling choice for the company's first Australian data centre.

"Locating our new data centre in Sydney was a natural choice for us," Mr Randall said.

"Its vibrant IT community consists of leading international and Australian companies and the existing IT infrastructure in NSW means we can deliver our cutting-edge hosting services at the highest standard.

"The support we received from NSW Trade & Investment played an important role in our decision to locate the data centre in Sydney.

"We were given access to crucial information about the NSW market, including research about graduate output and the NSW Jobs Action plan, which is a key incentive for our increasing staffing requirements."

The NSW Government is making significant efforts to promote NSW's digital sector on the world stage and to create a long term vision for the industry, including support for some of our best technology talent at the Asia Pacific's largest ICT industry exhibition CeBIT Australia and at Asia's biggest integrated ICT tradeshow, Communicasia 2012 earlier this year.

NSW Trade & Investment has also established a Business Office in Silicon Valley to support home-grown start-up technology companies' expansion into the US and to promote NSW's local strengths to high growth US companies.