A new Queensland-based Edge data center firm is planning to build six data centers across the state in Australia.

First reported by CommsDay, DC Matrix will build its first facility in Slippy Downs, on the Sunshine Coast.

Adam Gibson, chief digital infrastructure Officer at DC Matrix and previously head of data centers at Polaris Data Centre, said building design was underway and Development Applications had been lodged for a number of sites. The first facilities will be completed late 2022.

“We’re focusing on the rural locations of Queensland as well as the southeast Queensland corner,” said Gibson. “Cairns has 150,000 people and Townsville has about the same and while there are areas of growth in each region technology hasn’t grown and adapted to support it.”

The company is reportedly self-funded and looking to develop office space alongside the data centers on greenfield sites it can buy rather than lease, and that can accommodate solar infrastructure to power the facilities. The company reportedly wants to ‘endorse as much green power as it can’.

“We know in rural areas of Queensland, there’s a lot of leasing going on with short-term contracts. We also know that there’s some of those buildings that been housing infrastructure for some time are going to come up for renewal or reconstruction,” said Gibson. “Having dedicated purpose-built facilities that we own, you’ve got the reliability that we’re not going anywhere. The contracts can be assured as long as they want.”

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