National Australia Bank has signed a lease for 5,000 square meters (54,000 square feet) of Turn-Key Datacenter space in a new data center being built in Melbourne by Digital Realty Trust (DLR). The lease was signed in the fourth quarter of 2011, and the new space is scheduled for completion in early 2013.
"We are very pleased to partner with NAB on this strategically important facility," said Michael Foust, Chief Executive Officer for Digital Realty. "It represents both our long term customer commitment as well as our long term investment strategy in the Australian data centre market."
"Melbourne, like Sydney, has a limited supply of resilient, scalable data centre space available to meet customer demand for these highly reliable, flexible and secure facilities," said Kris Kumar, Regional Head, Asia Pacific, for Digital Realty Trust. "This project for NAB will be one of two Digital Realty Tier 3 certified data centres built in Australia, as defined by the Uptime Institute. The second Tier 3 certified facility will be our data centre at our Erskine Park development site in Sydney."
Digital Realty (DLR) paid AU 4.1 million ($4.3 million US) to acquire 162 and 163 Radnor Drive, a 30,250 square meter development site. It was the second acquisition in Australia for the real estate investment trust, which bought a development site in Sydney in July. The company had no Asia-Pacific data centers until last November, when it purchased a facility in Singapore. It has already leased more than 70,000 square feet of space, including a data center for Adobe Systems (ADBE).