IBM and Market Creations, an Australian-based systems integrator have inked a deal with the City of Greater Geraldton, Australia, to construct an energy efficient cloud-enabled datacentre.
IBM offered consulting services to Geraldton in 2012 which was funded by the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, a grant programme providing more than $50m worth of consulting for 100 cities globally. Geraldton had asked IBM to help the city develop a roadmap to becoming a carbon-neutral regional hub.
The deal will see IBM and Market Creations design and construct the datacentre which the vendors claim will be among the most energy efficient in Australia.
Commenting on the deal Geraldton’s mayor Ian Carpenter said: “Geraldton needs to be able to best leverage scalable and resilient technology to support our vision of becoming a technologically advanced and carbon-neutral hub. The new data center will help provide that platform as the first stage of this exciting digital evolution for our city and citizens.”
The new data centre will be built to scale up to four times its current capacity. Geraldton, the administrative centre of the Australian Midwest, is home to a broad range of industries including mining, fishing, manufacturing and construction, and the city hopes to encourage a broad shift to cloud services to keep the city in-line with its target of becoming carbon-neutral as the city continues to grow.