ASG considers second data centre

Victorian-based IT services provider ASG Group (ASX: ASZ) is ramping up its moves in the data centre space with one centre under construction in Perth and considerations for another in Melbourne or Sydney.

The plans come as a result of a $35 million deal signed in February this year with Western Power.

ASG provides mid-range infrastructure, voice over IP (VoIP) and network services to the Western Australian electricity utility. Western Power will also be one of the foundation customers at ASG’s Perth data centre facility which opens in April.

ASG Group sales and delivery general manager, Murray Rosa, told Computerworld Australia that the intention was to gain traction by having its own data centres rather than using third party providers.

“We’ve got 70 per cent of that Perth facility occupied now. In terms of the eastern states we’re in discussions with a number of customers that want to avail themselves of that sort of service,” he said.

Rosa said the company was considering a Melbourne or Sydney location for the second data centre. Construction would begin in the next 12 months.

“We use third party data centre providers in New South Wales and Victoria at present but the objective is to be self sufficient and hit everyone with the Cloud computing ability,” said Rosa.

“Not only can we offer a data centre service to our customer base but it’s also launched us into that Cloud computing space.”

The plans come on the back of a five year $15 million deal with another energy and utilities company based in Western Australia which was unnamed. Rosa said the company requested it not be mentioned by name in reports.

“The contract has been signed but there are still some things we’re working through. It is a new client for us," he said.

ASG Group will deliver a range of services to the company including mid-range server and network services support, disaster recovery and project work.

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