NEXTDC chief executive Craig Scroggie outside new data centre in Malaga. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian.
NEXTDC chief executive Craig Scroggie outside new data centre in Malaga. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian.

Sitting quietly in Malaga's plain industrial estate, data company NEXTDC officially opened its $80 million high-tech data centre yesterday.

After a nine-month build, the centre - the biggest "tier 3" data house in Perth - was described by chief executive Craig Scroggie as "the core of the IT and communications industry".

Mr Scroggie took Colin Barnett on a tour of the venue, ushering the Premier through the bullet-proof glass and finger print technology protecting the data secured inside.

In something out of a Star Trek film, doors also weigh staff on the way in and the way out to ensure no data is "misplaced", while the centre itself, which customers can access remotely using an iPhone, is built with reinforced concrete and has 12 megavolt ampere of power capacity.

Brisbane-based NEXTDC, valued at $397 million yesterday, is aiming to become the leading data centre carrier in Australia.

The West Australian

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