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Australia’s leading data centre provider NEXTDC will construct South Australia’s first defence standard data centre.

The new 10MW, Tier IV-certified data centre (known as A1 Adelaide) and Mission Critical Operations (MCX) tower in the Adelaide central business district (CBD will generate 150 jobs.

The company said the development, to be located at 211 Pirie Street, will include an innovation centre which will act as an entrepreneurial incubation hub.

The company will reportedly be investing around AU$100 million in the project, which is due to go live in 2023.

NEXTDC is one of Australia’s largest companies and has forecast data centre services revenue to reach AU$285-AU$295 million in 2022.

Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor welcomed NEXTDC’s arrival in Adelaide.

“As a city that is focused on building greater digital capabilities and attracting a broad range of businesses and investment, NEXTDC is precisely the type of business we want to see based here,” the Mayor said.

The investment will go beyond the creation of the data centre to include the opportunity for collaboration with the state’s universities, ensuring a pipeline of skilled workers for the future.

“It is also fantastic that this central city location will enable the company to continue to service their customers, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure who have all established a presence here in Adelaide,” he said.

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