Christie Spaces partners with Schneider Electric

Christie Spaces partners with Schneider Electric to revolutionise shared workspaces across Australia



Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has expanded its partnership with Christie Spaces, Australia’s largest family owned workspace provider, to provide a highly attractive IT advantage for customers of their new $4.5 million 1850sqm conference space in Brisbane.

Christie Spaces is the first workspace in Australia to offer customers data centre rack space on-site for rent, harnessing Schneider Electric’s world class edge computing technology. Edge computing involves processing data closer to where it is generated and captured, to dramatically improve the speed, capacity and security of data-intensive and mission-critical business operations.

Since work began on the new conference centre, Christie Spaces has extended its edge computing capabilities across all their locations in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Christie Spaces client, Data Revolution Technologies (DRT), a Brisbane-based innovations and software company specialising in research, evaluation and innovative product design, is one of the first customers to take advantage of the new edge computing offer.

Benjamin Banks, Director of DRT, said: “Working in research and innovation, the sheer size and speed of data collected in our business process can strain even the most secure network infrastructure. Working with Christie Spaces to use their new edge computing capabilities supplied by Schneider Electric has given us faster, more reliable internet, with no competition for bandwidth. This is supporting the creation of innovative products, for example our current project, Touch Wallet – an all in one cryptocurrency wallet that allows real world payments via smart phone, without troublesome internet delays.”

Joe Craparotta, Vice President for IT Division and Strategic Segments at Schneider Electric, said: “More Australian businesses, like those involved in creative production, fintech, research or software development, need to access quickly large data loads, while ensuring security and cost effective solutions. Edge computing is becoming their business necessity. Working in partnership with Christie Spaces, we identified a strong business need to implement an edge computing strategy for the co-workspace, starting with the installation of a turn-key 6 rack data centre on the ground floor of the Christies development in Brisbane.”

Dirk Krueger, Account Director of Strategic Cloud and Colocation providers at Schneider Electric, said: “We are delighted that Christie Spaces can now reduce operating costs and maximise both physical and IT security by circumventing the need to rent colocation spaces outside their premises. These benefits are then passed onto their clients, who can now leverage revolutionary co-working technology that will allow them to scale efficiently and access high speeds.”

Fusun Batey, National Brand Manager at Christie Spaces, said: “Christie’s new state-of-the-art facilities address the increasingly sophisticated needs of the modern business with reliable, fast and secure internet access. Working with APC by Schneider Electric to implement our new edge computing capabilities has helped us cement our status as the authority in co-work and conferencing in Australia by allowing our members to discontinue their telco contracts and experience uncontended bandwidth.”

“Christie Spaces members will be among the first shared workspace tenants in Australia to leverage this high-end IT infrastructure on demand and reduce their risk profile, especially in data reliant industries. We now provide data centres on-site, allowing clients to discontinue telco contracts and experience uncontended bandwidth. We have attracted many new markets with more sophisticated data needs, such as app developers, video production, animation, design, data analytics and beyond.”

Schneider Electric has already installed APC UPS and cooling solutions at Christie Spaces, as well as their APC racks and power distribution units.

Christie Spaces is currently offering various plans ranging from 40 to 400 Mbps, which can include private wireless.

For more information on the new facilities at Christie Spaces, visit the website or contact Fusun at FBatey@christiecorporate.com.au.

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