Australian data center operator NextDC, has launched its first micro data center in the central business district of Perth, capital of Western Australia.

Built to offer host interconnection services, the new micro or edge data center is located adjacent to the planned P2 Perth hyperscale facility which NextDC announced earlier last year.

The hyperscale facility P2, could extend to 20MW, and the company plans to have the first 1MW available by 2020. However, the micro facility will remain available to customers even after the opening of P2 and serve as an interconnect and telecommunication room with connectivity to the NextDC’s ecosystem, as well as the existing P1 data center located about 13km northeast of Perth’s central business district.

“This new addition to the NextDC footprint will be a place for partners to colocate and run their services from now, not 18 months from now,” said the company. “Additionally, we will do this without distracting the P2 main build project team.”

According to the company, the new micro data center is built to Uptime Institute (UTI) Tier III standards and customers that deploys their services on this new facility will have the ability to deliver their services from the hyperscale facility P2, when it is opened.

To achieve its promises to customers, the micro facility is pre-fitted with racks for telecoms and connectivity partners and has the matching fiber access infrastructure in place. This NextDC micro facility provides links to public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure, as well as metro, national and international connectivity.

NextDC already has its micro facility first customer as Superloop, which offers connectivity for the Indigo subsea services.

“The new microsite is an exciting and innovative piece of infrastructure for Perth, which partners are already signed up to co-locate in and deliver their services from,” said Simon Cooper, Chief Operating Officer at NextDC. “P2 will become central Perth’s most important IT, cloud and connectivity infrastructure platforms and the microsite is set to give it an incredible head start.”