Plan B Announces New Independent, Connected Data Centre Network – Southern Cross Data Centres

AUCKLAND, NZ – 02 July 2014 — / — Plan B Limited (“Plan B”) has announced plans to launch a new independent, connected data centre network called Southern Cross Data Centres (or “SXDC”).

Plan B’s network will initially include five SXDC locations in Auckland (two locations), Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch plus connections to other major data centres. We will offer independent data centre colocation services with the ability to leverage our other locations and business continuity services to protect customer data.

As part of this change, we will open a brand new, custom-built data centre and business recovery facility in Tawa (Wellington) in August this year. which will increase our current footprint at the site by around 1,000m2. Plan B has committed $30 million to Stage 1 of Southern Cross Data Centres.

The SXDC announcement is a natural progression from our current provision of business continuity, colocation and recovery services for businesses in New Zealand and this announcement follows our April acquisition of cloud backup provider Disaster Recovery Group (DRG).

“Plan B will remain integrator and telco neutral allowing us to provide a quality environment to multiple clients within SXDC, but our core focus will remain Business Continuity and related services,” says Ian Forrester, Managing Director, Plan B Limited.

Additional developments and acquisitions are expected to follow.

About Plan B
Plan B was founded in the late 1990’s as Business Continuity New Zealand Limited and renamed Plan B in 2003. Plan B is New Zealand’s leading provider of end-to-end Business Continuity Services, looking after the needs of more than 500 of New Zealand’s leading organisations and most recognised brands.

Services include New Zealand-based online data backup, replication and recovery services, over 500 standby office seats nationwide, standby IT infrastructure, backup tape management, business continuity consulting and testing, data centre co-location, and server and system recovery testing (not simple file recoveries) for over 2,000 servers annually.

Headquartered on Auckland’s North Shore, Plan B also has facilities in Mt Wellington and Albany (Auckland), Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

Plan B’s Board of Directors include Gray Mathias (Chairman), Ian Forrester (Managing Director), Michael Stiassny and Andrew Bagnall. Plan B is privately owned by New Zealand-domiciled shareholders.

For more information, contact us on 0800 266 846

Ian Forrester
Phone: +64 9 916 6054
Phone: 0800 732 6837

Plan B
23 Arrenway Drive
Auckland 0632
New Zealand

Source: Plan B