Macquarie Technology Group launches high-functioning data centre to power AI

by Helena Morgan
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Macquarie Data Centres is gearing up to deliver a new data centre – the IC3 SuperWest in Sydney – after receiving state significant development application approval. 

The group announced last week that the Independent Planning Commission for New South Wales accepted its application for the launch of a third data centre at the Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus. The Macquarie Data Centres host two out of the three world’s largest cloud service providers, also known as hyperscalers. 

A new hub for hyperscalers 

With early construction works underway – and stage one pending board approval – Macquarie Technology Group founder and CEO David Tudehope says the delivery of the IC3 SuperWest steers the company in the right direction to become the “secure and sovereign home of hyperscalers, cloud and AI customers in Australia”.

The hotly anticipated IC3 Super West will increase the overall IT capacity of the Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney’s north zone by up to 63 megawatts. The centre will be capable of servicing the notoriously high-density power and cooling demands of cloud and AI technology. 

“AI is the next significant megatrend for data centres and the digital economy and drives higher power density and demand for greater capacity,” says Tudehope.

Additionally, the centre will feature innovative new technology such as liquid cooling – an energy efficient substitute to traditional air cooling and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems that relies on liquid to cool servers. 

Data centres play essential role in critical infrastructure 

Macquarie Technology Group hopes the Australian federal government will deem IC3 Super West as Certified Strategic – the highest level of assurance allocated under the Digital Transformation Agency Hosting Certification Framework. 

 “This certification will make the centre a future-proof choice for customers who want to do business in Australia,” says Macquarie Data Centres group executive David Hirst. 

IC3 Super West’s launch comes after the Australian federal government recently unveiled its 2023 to 2030 Cyber Security Strategy. This strategy emphasises the important role sovereign data centres hold fixtures in Australia’s critical infrastructure landscape. 

Photography supplied by Macquarie Technology Group. 

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