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Datacom's Hamilton data centre

Kapua

Hyper-scale facility, purpose-built for large-scale deployments.

Hyper-scale facility, purpose-built for large-scale deployments.

Kapua (cloud in Te Reo Māori) is 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

Kapua is located on the northern fringe of Hamilton. It is our most expandable data centre (with the capacity to expand to well over 1,500 racks and 14MW of power. The size of the facility makes Kapua ideal for cloud computing or enterprise businesses looking for a long-term, scaleable, and secure data centre.

Our customers span industries from international cloud and telecommunication providers, government departments, enterprise companies, major banks and financial organisations, and a range of IT service providers.

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Security

We offer full perimeter and internally integrated CCTV and intrusion detection systems and perimeter fencing. We keep visitor management module records, and we have interlocked vehicle and pedestrian gates, and secure mantrap for identity confirmation.

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Security

We offer full perimeter and internally integrated CCTV and intrusion detection systems and perimeter fencing. We keep visitor management module records, and we have interlocked vehicle and pedestrian gates, and secure mantrap for identity confirmation.

On-site team

On-site team

Our data centre team are on-site to help you 24/7, with skilled and experienced technicians available to help with everything from a physical device check to full rack-installation services. Customers can access Kapua 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

Kapua is the Waikato region's most certified data centre. Customers of Kapua benefit from the assurance of the following certifications: PCI-DSS, ISAE NZ 3000, Uptime Institute M&O stamp of approval, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, and GDPR. We also operate 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

Kapua is designed to be highly efficient in the use of power, with a design PUE of 1.4 and regularly operating at around 1.3.

Kapua is also safeguarded with an N+1 power system and 2N UPS configuration to maintain an uninterrupted power supply, backed up with an 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

Kapua's protected in the 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 are 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.

Our expertise includes

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

It's physically the best-connected data centre site (road, rail, power, data) in New Zealand, and we have upwards of 40 different providers offering varying connectivity options from the site, either through our telecommunication rooms or from the data floors.

Hamilton is also considered the most geologically safe area in New Zealand with no known active earthquake risk, and it's located well south of the Auckland volcanic field.

Kapua's location is therefore ideal as a site for businesses looking to lower their risk profile by housing their critical assets in one of New Zealand’s lowest-risk locations. Kapua balances that with close enough proximity to Auckland to allow high-speed network connectivity and easy access by road.

The certifications and compliance Kapua has achieved include ISO27001, ISAE3000, PCI-DSS, the general data protection regulation (GDPR), and The Uptime Institute Management and Operations (Uptime Institute M&O) stamp of approval. 

It's rated three-plus and offers 100 per cent power, cooling, and security service-level agreements to all customers.

It's rated three-plus and offers 100 per cent power, cooling, and security service-level agreements to all customers.

3+ rated, 100% SLA availability, 4MW capacity, 900+ 12kW racks.

Kapua data centre

Hamilton

14 Simsey Place, Te Rapa Park, Hamilton 3200

Ph: 0800 888 956

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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.

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