Macquarie Telecom’s data centres get SAP cloud tick

Macquarie Telecom (ASX: MAQ) has become the second SAP cloud services certified company in Australia following Telstra’s (ASX:TEL) certification in September 2011.

The SAP tick means Macquarie Telecom’s data centre sites, including the new $60 million Intellicentre 2 (IC2) facility due to open in Macquarie Park, NSW, this month, can sustain the vendor’s offerings with hosting packages, on-demand infrastructure and software and services.

In order to gain cloud and hosting services certification, the telco was assessed by SAP for infrastructure-as-a -service including managed cloud server, cloud performance server, virtual servers, and dedicated hosting environments.

According to Macquarie Telecom managing director, Aidan Tudehope, the telco is now “exploring further opportunities” to collaborate with SAP in the areas of software-as-a -service and mobility applications.

“Being SAP-certified in hosting and in cloud services further extends our capabilities in serving the needs of business and government in the secure, sustainable and redundant environments of both IC1 and 2,” he said in a statement.

IC2, built over a 20,000 square-metre site, has a reported power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.3, which, according to the company, is nearly twice as energy efficient as the global average for data centres.

In August, the company stated in its full-year results announcement that while cost control and automation had helped to improve margins in the telco business, telco revenue still recorded a 7.7 per cent drop to $160.3 million due to increasing competition in the fixed to mobile and data substitution market and Vodafone network issues during fiscal year 2011.

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