Australian Edge data center firm Edge Centres has started construction on a new facility in Albury, New South Wales.

The new facility, known as EC5, will serve as the network operations center (NOC) and security operations center (SOC) for Edge Centres’ facilities throughout Southern Australia. Due to come online in November, EC5 will be used to monitor and operate Edge Centres’ interconnected network of Edge facilities.

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“Edge Centres is creating a broad footprint of highly sustainable, highly reliable, off-grid digital infrastructure at Australia’s edge,” said Jonathan Eaves, founder and CEO of Edge Centres. “It’s been a privilege to work with the Albury City Council on making the construction of EC5 a reality.”

The Australian Edge data center firm provides modular ‘off grid’ data centers powered by on-site wind and/or solar power and connected to the main grid as backup. EC5 is one of four Edge Centres facilities scheduled to come online before the end of November, and one of 20 to be rolled out over the next 18 months across Australia and Japan.

Each facility is equipped with just under 1MW of solar infrastructure, and a 48-hour battery and UPS backup equipment, which supports 64 1kW quarter racks.

The company has or is developing Edge locations in Bendigo, Regional Victoria; Grafton and Dubbo, New South Wales; Toowoomba, Cairns, Mackay, and Townsville, Queensland; and Hobart, Tasmania.

Another NOC will also be located in Southport on the Gold Coast as Edge Centre facilities come online in the region.

In May the company announced a partnership with Everest Infrastructure Partners to deploy cell towers at its data center locations.

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