Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips today announced that the Victorian Coalition Government has helped facilitate more than half a billion dollars of investment in data centres in Victoria since December 2010.
Speaking at the inaugural DatacenterDynamics Converged Melbourne 2012 Conference today, Mr Rich-Phillips said that Victoria was becoming an important hub for the data centre investment.
“Data centres, racks, servers, networks, security, energy and managed services solutions are all at the heart of ensuring that business, government and the public can access information quickly and safely, 24 hours a day,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“As global trends indicate, businesses are changing the way they store data.
“Victoria is at the forefront of global developments, creating an environment which both attracts new data centre investment, and encourages growth of existing data centres.”
Mr Rich-Phillips said the Coalition Government has helped facilitate a number of data centre investments since December 2010.
“We have facilitated several projects including openings for Metronode and NEXTDC, an expansion of Fujitsu’s Noble Park facility and groundbreaking events for Interactive and Digital Realty,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“The construction, maintenance and servicing of these facilities delivers substantial economic benefits for Victoria and stimulates activity in local communities,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Last year, the Coalition Government released a $150 million suite of technology plans to support the development of Victoria’s technology capabilities and facilitate technology-enabled innovation across the economy.
“Part of this included an $85 million information and communication technology (ICT) plan to support the continuing growth, development and global competitiveness of Victoria’s ICT industry,” Mr Rich-Philips said.
“Importantly, the Coalition Government will work to drive the effective use of ICT across the economy and society and ensure that businesses working in other sectors are able to take full advantage of advances in ICT to innovate.”
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