The Data Centre is located underground below 220 Queen Street (see map) for security and temperature stability, yet easy access by proximity card.
The card reader is mounted behind the glass and the door and wall have no markings on them to indicate that the facility lies behind them, as per the picture.
To reach The Data Centre after hours you enter the building on the ground floor entrance using your proximity card. You then activate the lift with your card and go to the basement. Finally you swipe your card past the hidden card reader to gain access to the data centre. Each action is captured on CCTV.
Connectivity in the centre is exceptional. We have far more circuits than any other data centre in the whole of New Zealand (see chart below).
Fibre. The following carriers all have multiple redundant bundles of fibre entering the data centre from different streets: Vector Communications (formerly United Networks), CityLink, Spark (formerly Telecom), Chorus or Vodafone.
ISPs. CallPlus provides flat rate retail Internet connectivity over Ethernet as well as E1 telephony connections if required. Voyager can cater for high bandwidth requirements. Vocus are a well known ISP who supply fibre bandwidth. See Connectivity for a selection of some of the ISPs available in the data centre.
Networks. As well as CityLink, you can connect to Vocus Communications and PIPE Networks "Australia’s largest Internet Exchange". A partial list of Peering Partners located in The Data Centre can be seen at peeringdb.com.
Based on the entries in peeringdb we are by far the most connected data centre in New Zealand. See also CloudScene.
Peering. The following companies have a presence in the data centre and allow you to peer with with other ISPs:
CityLink who manage the Auckland Peering Exchange have a node.
IX Australia which is owned and operated by Western Australian Internet Association (Inc.) are located here.
Megaport is now live in New Zealand and can provide a NaaS platform for easy interconnection. Megaport users can now create Virtual Cross Connects (VXCs) between Auckland and their Australian data centre network - giving access to global cloud and content on one platform.
All fibre carriers are represented in The Data Centre so we don’t mind whom you use to connect to your chosen ISP.
We consider ourselves environment managers and have no interest in whom you connect to or through.
You can access your rack in The Data Centre at any time without charge 24 x 7. As you do so, your actions are recorded on our 24 CCTV cameras.
Individually Locked Racks
Each rack has its own set of individual keys, giving you security from tampering by other data centre users.
We make every effort to make The Data Centre as convenient and comfortable to use as possible. There is a telephone for you to use if you are having reception difficulties with your cellphone. We have mobile desks and chairs with keyboards, monitors and mice for you to use. These can all be rolled to your rack for convenience.
The Data Centre is the creation of Dr. Martin Spencer, whose company Martin Spencer & Associates (MSA) was one of the pioneering software companies in New Zealand. In the early days of software development MSA wrote programs which were sold around the world. By the time MSA was sold it had customers in 55 countries including 60 of the Fortune 500 companies.
As a result Martin has encouraged technology and communications companies to locate in a central Auckland building, which he has renamed The Data Centre. The result has been a facility with extraordinary access to high speed data and telephony communications.
As The Data Centre grows it is fulfilling its aim of becoming a well managed, technically competent, yet reasonably priced facility.
To offer good data security, power security, cooling security and physical security at a fair price in a carrier neutral environment.
The Data Centre is physically located below ground, shielding us from direct exposure to outside elements.
Our cabinets are housed in a highly secure data centre with environmental security and reliable power and data connections. Physical access is limited to authorised personnel. A CCTV system covers all entrances/exits and main areas, with 24-hour video recording, security card access system and cabinets with individual locks.
Temperature and humidity are managed by redundant air conditioning systems to ensure stable temperature and humidity. The air-conditioning systems are backed up by two different redundant generators.
The generators are fed from an underground diesel tank with capacity for in excess of 40 hours on maximum load.