Canberra data centre manufacturer earns $12 million Defence contract

Canberra-based modular data centre maker Datapod has been awarded a $12 million order from the federal government, described as a boost for the nation’s sovereign industrial capability.

Defence industry minister Melissa Price said in a statement on Sunday that the contract “recognises the need to have assets on-hand that can be deployed and re-deployed to meet operational needs” in quick time.

Price added that it, “secures local jobs and assists with expanding sovereign manufacturing capacity so that it may assist Defence capability needs in the future.”

Datapod was previously awarded a two-year, $20 million contract with the defence department in 2020, for the build and supply of four portable, re-deployable data centres for housing IT equipment.

Datapod was established in 2007. It manufactures data centre infrastructure as well as provides engineering, installation and sustainment services “for high-performance and mission-critical data centre facilities” in Australia and export markets according to a company listing on a supplier directory.

Picture: Datapod

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