AirTrunk today opened the first of two new hyperscale data centres in Australia aimed squarely at large scale cloud providers.\nThe Sydney centre, in Huntingwood near Blacktown, will run its first loads within the next two months, with an initial 20 megawatts of capacity. \nThe next phase of construction has already begun \u2013 which will add a further 10MW \u2013 and as demand grows, the centre will eventually reach total capacity of 80MW. When finished, the Sydney centre \u2013 which covers 64,000 square metre plot \u2013 will be home to 30 discrete data halls, each supporting up to 3MW of IT load.\n \nA second data centre in Melbourne will open \u201cwithin weeks\u201d, with 50MW capacity when complete.\n \nThe company has secured dedicated electricity infrastructure to both sites \u2013 132KV dual feed power supply in Sydney and 66KV dual feed in Melbourne \u2013 that will provide significant resiliency, scalability and lower electricity costs for its customers, it said.\nNo caption\nAirTrunk was founded by Robin Khuda, formerly chief commercial officer and deputy CEO of NEXTDC before he left the company in 2013.\nChief technology officer Damien Spillane joined late last year from Digital Realty. This year AirTrunk appointed Paul Slaven from Amazon as its chief development officer and Leo Chen from Alibaba group as technical director.\n \nThe company raised a reported $400 million in funding for the two Australia projects from global investment bank Goldman Sachs and private equity group TPG's TSSP.\n \n\u201cI saw the way the market was moving. I took a long term view. I genuinely believed in public cloud in particular how big they were going to grow,\u201d Khuda told CIO Australia.\n \nMajor cloud providers are seeking high reliability and cost efficiency, as well as quick deployment and the ability to scale up, Khuda added.\n \n\u201cThey don\u2019t want to wait for 15, 18 months for a data centre operator to deliver capacity. You look at Microsoft or Amazon, they\u2019re basically doubling their infrastructure. They do their capacity planning every fortnight. They need it fast,\u201d he said.\nThe ability to scale will mean big cloud providers will make Airtrunk data centres their \u201clong-term home\u201d, typically signing contracts of seven to 15 years, Khuda said.\n \n\u201cWe\u2019re building at a massive scale. That gives us efficiency of scale. \u2018I have my wish list, these are the four things I would like, I don\u2019t care about all that fancy lighting and everything\u2019. I care about what the customer wants and that\u2019s how the whole project started. And that\u2019s how we differentiate.\u201d\n No captionThe company look set to expand rapidly into the Asia Pacific region, eyeing new builds in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. A builder has already been appointed for another data centre in the region.\n\u201cWe want to continuously drive efficiency. How we can build even cheaper? Faster? Reliability wise we\u2019re probably already there. It\u2019s continuously getting the cost efficiency and a much, much faster build. That\u2019s really the approach,\u201d Khuda added.