TECH FORTRESS: Inside Toowoomba’s $40m data centre – Australia News

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A TECHNOLOGICAL fortress designed to withstand fire, flood and catastrophic power loss is taking shape on Toowoomba’s outskirts.

The Pulse Data Centre is a “highly resilient” facility, says project manager Peter Blunt, capable of storing government and corporate data while protecting it from theft, sabotage and natural disasters.

Windowless and built with 15cm-thick concrete walls, the centre will be able to keep running even if a fire breaks out and meets security specifications set by Australia’s spy agency, ASIO.

These include digital surveillance, multi-factor authentication, traps and biometric measures.

TECH PARK: FKG’s Dallas Hunter and Gary Gardner and Pulse DC general manager Peter Blunt at the first day of construction on the new Pulse Data Centre in Wellcamp, Toowoomba. Tom Gillespie

Mr Blunt detailed some of the $40-million project’s features at a business breakfast hosted by the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

He said the goal was to ensure the building was always operational, no matter the emergency.

“We will maintain the facility and make sure it never stops,” he said of the FKG Group’s building at Wellcamp.

“Each (section is) a concrete bunker and they’re all two-hour fire rated, which means you can have a fire burning there for two hours and it won’t move outside.

“The intention is you can have something go wrong anywhere in the facility and we can isolate that part of it.

“We might have to turn that particular part off, but the rest of the facility continues to operate.”

FKG's Pulse Data Centre project manager Daniel Milne (left) and site manager Adam Hanrahan oversee progress of the build, Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
FKG’s Pulse Data Centre project manager Daniel Milne (left) and site manager Adam Hanrahan oversee progress of the build, Tuesday, August…

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