Datacom restructuring data centres, adding staff, as demand picks up

Growing demand for data centres is seeing the countrys largest specialist IT services firm Datacom looking for more staff to expand its business.
Datacom employs about 100 people across its data centres in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch, with about a dozen people at its shared facilities in Sydney and Melbourne. Its restructuring its local business to handle increased demand from overseas.

We operate a round-the-clock service and as such have been expanding for some time now, a Datacom spokesman said. Weve realised we need more capability in this regard, so were reorganising the data centre business and expanding our team. We are looking to increase by around 10 per cent this year with more to come in future.

New Zealand has previously played second fiddle to Australia for data centres, but has grown in popularity as more international undersea cables are developed. Relatively cheaper land, a stable political system, cooler climate and access to renewable energy sources to run air conditioning also increased its appeal.

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New Zealand is considered highly desirable in terms of data centre operation in this part of the world, the Datacom spokesman said. We have a good track record of service and capability and with added international cable capacity being added more international ventures are looking to New Zealand for data centre requirements.

The Hawaiki undersea cable links New Zealand, Australia, American Samoa, Hawaii and the United States West Coast, while the Tasman Global Access cable connects New Zealand and Australia. An expansion is currently underway to the Southern Cross cable which connects New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Fiji and the US mainland.

Datacom is looking for more staff for its data centres.

As part of its restructuring, Datacom will be standardising its work shifts to a three days on and three days off model, which is a change for one of the sites which currently has a four-day shift. All existing staff will be retained.

Engineers are in high demand so this year were also looking to provide additional training and certification for our data centre staff as an incentive to keep them around, the spokesman said. We hope that will help encourage staff to remain in New Zealand rather than head overseas once Covid subsides and we return to something close to normal.

Other recent announcements on data centres include Microsofts plan to spend more than $100 million to develop a data centre in Auckland, Canberra Data Centres project for two hyperscale data centres in Auckland at an estimated cost of $80m to $100m, and plans for a potential $700m data centre in Southland.


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