Adelaide's New Landmark in the Making: A1 Adelaide Data Centre

Jun 12, 2024



Navigating the landscape of data centre infrastructure is essential for mitigating critical risks that can jeopardise an organisation's continuity and growth. In this article, we delve into three pivotal risk categories, highlighting the importance of deploying future-ready solutions like NEXTDC's A1 Adelaide Data Centre.

Key Points:

  • Uninterrupted Uptime: Ensures continuous operations and reduces downtime risks.
  • Ecosystem Access: Leverages a thriving, interconnected ecosystem of clouds, carriers, and digital services.
  • Future Technological Advancements: Prepares organisations for the digital age with advanced infrastructure.

In an era of rapid digital transformation, business continuity and growth hinge on scalable, resilient, and advanced data centre solutions. Remaining locked into ageing, inefficient data centres poses significant risks, while transitioning to future-ready facilities offers numerous benefits.

NEXTDC's A1 Adelaide Data Centre:

  • Drives Innovation: Supports AI infrastructure, fostering growth in key sectors such as aerospace, defence, agribusiness, health, and medicine.
  • Economic Development: Contributes significantly to Adelaide's economy by supporting industry growth.
  • Strategic Benefits: Ensures uninterrupted operations, enhances ecosystem access, and provides future-ready infrastructure.

Migrating or establishing a data centre presence in Adelaide positions organisations for success in the AI age. This move supports growth and innovation in crucial sectors, making Adelaide a hub of technological excellence.

Let's explore these critical risks in detail and understand how NEXTDC's A1 Adelaide Data Centre offers strategic solutions to mitigate them effectively.

Critical Risk 1 - Downtime and Operational Disruptions 

Ensuring Uninterrupted Uptime and Reliability 

  • Enabling 100% Uptime Guarantee: Data centre service providers can provide assurances to customers that facilities will meet 100% uptime if they meet Uptime Institute’s Tier IV certification standards. To better understand the value of Tier IV, check out our report on data centre “Tier” certification. 
  • Independent Verification: Ensures that complete fault tolerance is a central tenet of your mission-critical data centre. By reaching this lofty standard, providers can confidently offer a 100% uptime guarantee on power and cooling to their customers. 
  • Uninterrupted Service Delivery: In a rapidly evolving discipline such as data centres, the complexities are myriad. Taking this risk away from customers offers great comfort to mission-critical applications and services. In a world where even a few minutes of downtime can cost companies hundreds of thousands of dollars – and in extreme cases, lives – having a 100% uptime guarantee should be a non-negotiable necessity. 
  • Average Cost and Duration of IT Outages: According to Gartner, the average cost of IT downtime varies widely across industries but can be extremely high. They calculate the average cost to be approximately $5,600 per minute, translating to about $300,000 per hour for many businesses. Meanwhile, IBM estimates that for high-revenue sectors like banking and retail, the costs can soar to $540,000 per hour. 
  • Gartner Findings: 98% of organisations say one hour of downtime costs them more than $100,000. 33% of companies report losses between $1 million to $5 million per hour. All these costs continue to compound as organisations become increasingly digital-dependent. 
  • Continuity Assured by Leveraging a National Tier IV Platform: By leveraging a nationally distributed, resilience-certified digital infrastructure platform, organisations can ensure redundancy and disaster recovery (DR) across multiple sites and locations. This geographical distribution provides a layer of security against localised disruptions and ensures that operations can continue seamlessly in the face of regional challenges. 
  • Interconnected Nature of a National Platform: Means that data can be replicated in real-time, offering a seamless user experience even during a localised failure. 
  • Redundancy and DR: Enhanced redundancy and disaster recovery solutions minimise downtime and ensure uninterrupted business operations, even during adverse conditions. Gartner says the average duration of IT outages varies but often involves a significant recovery period. It reported that for industries such as mining and banking, even a one-second interruption can take an hour to recover from without effectively architected redundancy and DR. 
  • Utilising Tier IV Data Centres: For IT operations enables strong resilience, backup, redundancy, and disaster recovery planning. This means organisations can plan better for maintaining hardware and software. They can also recover quickly from human error or unexpected events. This helps them avoid losing productivity or data integrity. 
  • Multiple Layers of Redundancy: Including power, cooling, and network connectivity, ensure that there are no single points of failure within the infrastructure. 

Operational Resilience 

  • Downtime Risks: Inferior data centres are prone to outages that can significantly disrupt business operations. As demonstrated above, while digital transformation accelerates, the cost of downtime is escalating, with average losses per hour continuing to compound. 
  • Implications of Disruptions: Range from lost revenue and productivity to damaged reputation and customer trust. For instance, in the financial services sector, downtime not only leads to direct financial losses but also affects trading capabilities, customer transactions, and can even lead to significant regulatory penalties. 
  • Security Breaches: Inferior or self-managed data centres often lack benchmark standard physical security measures, increasing the risk of data breaches and associated financial and reputational damages. Cybersecurity threats are evolving, and outdated infrastructures are ill-equipped to handle contemporary and evolving sophisticated intrusions and inside threat actors. 
  • Modern, Highly Certified Data Centres: Integrate advanced security protocols, ensuring data integrity and protecting sensitive information from both external and internal threats. This includes state-of-the-art surveillance, biometric access controls, and multi-factor authentication systems to safeguard data against unauthorised access. 

Critical Risk 2 - Inadequate Ecosystem and Interconnection 

Leveraging a Thriving Digital Ecosystem 

  • Ultra-Low Latency Cloud Connectivity: Tier IV data centres provide quick and secure connections to top cloud providers. This guarantees dependable access to cloud services, networks, and applications with minimal delay. In the era of AI, it's important to connect to the cloud and other digital services quickly and efficiently. This allows for real-time data processing. 
  • Supports a Variety of Applications: From big data analytics to AI inferencing models that require substantial computing power and swift data retrieval from multiple devices, applications, and locations. For example, financial institutions that use AI for fraud detection need instantaneous access to vast amounts of data, and low latency connectivity is vital for these operations. 
  • Enhanced Collaboration: Access to a rich ecosystem of clouds, carriers, and digital services facilitates collaboration and innovation, driving business growth and agility. The interconnected environment allows businesses to leverage multiple service providers and technologies, fostering an innovative culture that can adapt to changing market demands. This is particularly important for industries that rely on collaboration with multiple partners, such as the healthcare sector, where quick access to patient data and collaboration between specialists can improve patient outcomes. 

Customised Solutions and Interconnection 

  • Flexibility: Tier IV facilities support customised solutions tailored to specific business needs, enhancing operational flexibility and efficiency. Whether it's scaling up resources to meet increased demand or deploying new technologies, these data centres provide the infrastructure necessary to support dynamic business environments. Customisation can also extend to compliance with industry-specific regulations, ensuring that the data centre can support the unique requirements of different sectors, such as finance, healthcare, and manufacturing. 
  • Interconnection Security and Efficiency: Advanced interconnection capabilities provide secure, efficient, and resilient network connectivity, reducing latency and improving overall performance. This is particularly crucial for businesses that rely on real-time data processing and high-speed transactions, ensuring that operations are smooth and uninterrupted. For example, e-commerce platforms that experience high traffic volumes during sales events require robust interconnection capabilities to handle the surge in demand without compromising on performance or security. 

Critical Risk 3 - Future Readiness and Technological Advancements 

Preparing for Future Technological Demands 

  • Adaptability: Premium data centres offer scalable infrastructure that can easily adapt to technological advancements and business growth, ensuring businesses are always prepared for whatever comes next. This adaptability is vital in a landscape where technology evolves and scales rapidly, and businesses must stay agile to maintain a competitive edge. For instance, as businesses increasingly adopt Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the ability to scale and support the influx of data generated by these devices is essential. 
  • AI and High-Density Computing: Designed to handle the demands of AI and high-performance computing applications, resilience-certified facilities provide the robust power and cooling technologies needed for the future. According to a 2024 Global data centre market comparison by IDC, average server rack density will reach 120kW by 2025, a dramatic jump from 8-12kW in 2023. This increase in power density requires sophisticated cooling solutions to manage heat output efficiently and ensure optimal performance of high-density servers. That is not easy or affordable to achieve without scale and a large amount of capital. 
  • Evolving Regulatory Frameworks: Staying compliant with tightening regulatory standards around security, data sovereignty, service availability and sustainability is critical, and scaled data centre platforms are equipped to keep pace with these evolving requirements. As regulations around data privacy and security become more stringent, businesses need to ensure their infrastructure can comply without compromising performance or efficiency. 

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency 

  • Optimised Power and Cooling: With higher power densities and advanced cooling solutions, Tier IV-certified data centres operate more efficiently, reducing energy consumption, power costs, and carbon footprint. This is particularly important as data volumes continue to grow exponentially. The total amount of data created, captured, copied, and consumed worldwide is expected to reach 175 zettabytes by 2025, according to IBM. This growth necessitates more robust and scalable data centre infrastructure to capture, store, analyse and access masses of data. 
  • Broader Sustainable Practices: Commitment to green technologies and sustainable operations aligns with corporate social responsibility goals and regulatory compliance. As businesses face increasing pressure to reduce their environmental impact, operating from a data centre that prioritises sustainability becomes a significant advantage. This includes the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, and implementing energy-efficient practices, such as using LED lighting and energy-efficient servers. 
  • Competitive Edge: Market Leadership: Businesses leveraging advanced data centre infrastructure gain a competitive advantage, staying ahead of competitors who rely on outdated technologies. In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, the ability to quickly adopt and integrate new technologies can be a decisive factor in maintaining market leadership. This is particularly true in industries where technological innovation drives competitive advantage, such as the automotive industry, where advanced data analytics and AI are used to develop autonomous vehicles. 
  • Cost Efficiency: Transitioning core infrastructure from capital expenditure (CapEx) to operational expenditure (OpEx) models allows businesses to allocate capital more effectively towards growth and innovation initiatives. This shift enables businesses to invest in areas that directly contribute to their strategic objectives while maintaining a flexible and scalable IT infrastructure. For example, instead of investing heavily in building and maintaining their own data centres, businesses can leverage the advanced infrastructure of a Tier IV facility, freeing up capital for other critical projects. 


NEXTDC A1 Adelaide Data Centre represents a pivotal investment in the future of Adelaide's economy. By addressing critical risks associated with outdated data centres and providing a robust, future-ready infrastructure, it ensures that organisations can maintain continuity and drive growth. The state-of-the-art AI capabilities and vibrant ecosystem offered by the A1 Adelaide Data Centre support key industries such as aerospace, defence, agribusiness, health, and medicine, fostering innovation and economic development. Establishing a data centre presence in Adelaide not only mitigates risks but also positions organisations to thrive in the rapidly evolving digital landscape. With its strategic benefits, the NEXTDC A1 Adelaide Data Centre is set to be a cornerstone of technological excellence and economic growth in the region. 

For the fourth year in a row, NEXTDC has been awarded the prestigious title of Australian Data Centre Services Company of the Year (2021-2024) by global business research and analyst company, Frost & Sullivan. 

Get in touch to book a tour or find out more about our state-of-the-art facilities. Experience the future of data centre infrastructure and see firsthand how we are helping and supporting organisations' AI and digital transformation strategies. Contact us to find out more about our Adelaide Data Centre (A1) and to discover “What’s NEXT” for South Australian digital infrastructure.





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