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Optus, Webcom Expand Data Centers

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Both Cable & Wireless Optus and Webcom have announced data center expansions this week. Cable & Wireless Optus (CWO) has signed an MoU with Nortel Networks to build a Sydney data center for the Australian hosting and application service provider (ASP) markets. Webcom has doubled the size of its Sydney Data Center and opened facilities in Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, and Tokyo.

The Optus data center will be established in Ultimo adjacent to the Sydney CBD by the end of October, the company claimed. It will use the Optus IP backbone, and will be the first Optus Australian data center to offer DWDM (dense wave-division multiplexing) connectivity. CWO has designated floorspace of approximately 3,000 square meters.

"As well as offering hosted solutions, we will actively partner to develop new and different software solutions for the market," said David Stokes-McKeon, director, e-solutions, Cable & Wireless Optus. "We will provide hosting and management of content to companies wishing to outsource their own network management."

Webcom's data center in North Sydney has been expanded to cover 4,000 square metres of floor space, with diesel generator support for 16 days, and staff accommodation facilities. The company has also built a Melbourne center, linked to North Sydney with automatic fault cut-over for disaster recovery/prevention.



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