Data centre provider iseek Communications has won a three-year hosting and colocation deal with Brisbane Airport Corporation to provide an outsourced data centre.
BAC currently has two data centres and was planning to build a third for its property division BNE Property, but the business case didn't stack up.
“Once we compared the cost of building our own data centre remote from our own site to the iseek option, it was very clear our data centre would just not stack up, at least in the short term,” BAC assets general manager Krishan Tangri told CRN sister site iTnews.
BAC will lease eight racks in iseek's Eagle Farm facility, with the ability to scale up when required. The racks are currently only 50 percent full.
Brisbane Airport is Australia’s third largest airport hub. As the organisation had grown, so too had its data storage requirements, with both its primary and secondary data centres running out of capacity.
“Airports are getting more and more digital; you talk about self service, bag drops, the passenger is also taking more and more control of that, but also at the same time the property services around the airport are expanding as well.
“There’s more and more demand on our IT resources because the data management is becoming a huge issue and that will require more storage, more servers, more networks.”
Chris Smith, iseek Communication’s Northern Region general manager, said an increasing number of organisations were shifting from an “own and control” approach to their IT assets to “being much more focused on providing IT as a service for their internal customers.”.
Tangri agreed: “We are moving away from the ‘doing’ stuff to more strategic stuff. IT needs to be a business enabler, but also lead the way in innovation for digitalising the airports in future."