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Datacom's Christchurch data centre

Gloucester

The benchmark for South Island data centres, in central Christchurch.

The benchmark for South Island data centres, in central Christchurch.

Gloucester is the benchmark for South Island data centres. It's part of Datacom's Trans-Tasman interconnected data centre network that spans all four of Datacom’s New Zealand data centres and its two Australian co-location facilities.

The central Christchurch site has been serving customers for over 10 years. We have recently invested NZ$10 million to upgrade, refresh, and expand the site, bringing it up to the standard required to meet the needs of modern computing infrastructure.

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Security

Security at the site has been fully upgraded to modern standards, with CCTV throughout and on all entrances. We keep visitor management module records, and have a secure mantrap for identity confirmation.

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Security
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Security

Security at the site has been fully upgraded to modern standards, with CCTV throughout and on all entrances. We keep visitor management module records, and have a secure mantrap for identity confirmation.

On-site team

On-site team

Our data centre team are on-site to help you 12/7, and available to help remotely 24/7, with skilled and experienced technicians available to help with everything from a physical device check to full rack installation services. Customers can also access Abel 24/7 to work on their own equipment.

Neutrality

Neutrality

We are committed to telco and service provider neutrality for the lifetime of our facilities, so you can choose the provider that works best for your needs.

Certifications and compliance

Certifications and compliance

Gloucester is Christchurch’s most-certified data centre. Customers of Gloucester benefit from the following certifications: PCI-DSS, ISAE NZ 3000, Uptime Institute M&O stamp of approval, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, and GDPR. We also operate Gloucester to the following standards: 2011 ASHRAE thermal guidelines A1 allowable range, ANSI/ISA 71.04-2013 G1 – Mild, and ISO 14644-1 Class 8.

Sustainable energy and runtime

Sustainable energy and runtime


Gloucester takes advantage of the cooler temperatures of the South Island’s temperate climate by use of an air-to-air heat exchanger system and dry-stack air-cooling technology for the process coolers. The facility is designed to operate at a PUE of 1.5 or better.

Gloucester is safeguarded with a 2N power system and 2N UPS configuration to maintain an uninterrupted power supply. Backed up with on-site diesel fuel storage capacity of at least 48 hours at generator full load. Fuel polishing systems ensure the highest quality of fuel is available.

Protection

Protection

Gloucester is protected in case of fire with a VESDA aspirating smoke detection system. A ProInert gas flood fire suppression system is deployed throughout the data floors. Direct connections with the local fire brigade in place. Other fire suppression systems include mist suppression system and traditional sprinkler systems. The data centre is designed in accordance with AS/NZS 1170.0:2002 IL3.

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Gloucester has you covered with first class features plus a wide range of compliance and certifications.

The refresh included replacing the entire power system and upgrading security, cooling, and the data floor spaces to provide the same level of resilience as our Auckland, Hamilton, and Wellington data centres and lifting the facility to a rated-three standard.

The brand-new data floor spaces offer our full suite of rack products from quarter racks up to 48RU racks. Abel also offers customers 100 per cent power, cooling, and security service-level agreements.

Datacom's customers span industries including cloud and telecommunication providers, enterprise companies, government departments, major banks and financial organisations, and a range of IT service providers

Gloucester is now a rated-three facility, and the certifications and compliance the site has achieved include ISO27001, ISAE3000, PCI-DSS and the general data protection regulation (GDPR). The Uptime Institute Management and Operations (Uptime Institute M&O) has also given their stamp of approval. 

3 rated, 100% SLA availability, 2MW capacity, 180+ 10kW racks

Gloucester data centre

Christchurch

67 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013

Ph: +6492121160

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Frequently asked questions

What does each certification mean?

  • ISO27001: An international standard on how to manage information security.
  • ISAE3000: An international standard for risk management.
  • PCI-DSS: The payment card industry data security standard (PCI-DSS) is an information security standard for organisations that handle branded credit cards from the major card schemes.
  • UpTime M&O: Assessment of staffing, organisation and training practices, preventive maintenance programme, operating conditions, and planning, management, and co-ordination practices and resources.
  • GDPR: A set of guidelines that must be adhered to when collecting and processing information of individuals living in the European Union.

What is meant by colocation in data centres?

First, we need to cover the difference between an on-premise data centre and a collocated data centre. Sometimes “colocated” data centres are referred to as “hosted” data centres.

On-premise data centre: Where you have your own mini data centre, with servers and equipment housed within your own office building or a separate facility that you own and manage. You're responsible for everything, from buying the equipment to maintaining the physical space and security. 

Colocated data centre: Renting a space within a data centre facility owned by a third-party provider. You house your own servers and equipment, but the provider takes care of the building, security, power, cooling and access to internet/cloud connectivity.  We think of it like renting an apartment for your servers in a building specifically designed for data storage.

What is the difference between data centre as a service and colocation?

Colocation is like renting an apartment for your servers in a building designed for IT equipment storage. You provide your own IT equipment (servers, storage, firewall) and software, and the colocation provider takes care of the physical facility, including:

  • Power and cooling

  • Security (physical access)

  • Network connectivity options

Datacom's expertise focuses on secure colocation data centres, but here is an explanation of what Data Centre as a Service is: Think of Data Centre as a Service (DCaaS) as a fully furnished apartment with utilities included.  In addition to the physical space and security provided by colocation, DCaaS offers:

  • Hardware: the DCaaS provider rents you servers, storage and networking equipment. 

  • Software: the DCaaS provider may offer pre-installed operating systems, virtualisation software, or managed services for your applications.

  • Management: DCaaS providers handle most of the ongoing maintenance and management of your IT infrastructure.

DCaaS is an extension of colocation data centres, but provides the hardware, maintenance and energy as well as the physical space.

Who needs colocation?

Datacom recommends anyone with their own IT equipment stored on premise should talk to us about moving it to a secure colocated data centre.

Useful links

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