双语|西悉尼或将成为亚洲硅谷?AirTrunk anyone?

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双语|西悉尼或将成为亚洲硅谷?AirTrunk anyone?

前言

在澳大利亚,自由党和工党一直试图把自己定位成进步的、创新的党派。因此,他们想要在自己党派所代表的工业部门,寻找那些能够和这个政治进程产生联系的澳大利亚企业,或者在澳大利亚投资的企业。他们承诺,这个政治进程能够带来自由党所宣扬的“就业与创新”(和联邦政府新成立的部门名字一样)或者“就业与增长”,或者工党的“把人民放在第一位”。这里所说的人民主要指的是大城市的居民,比如悉尼或者墨尔本,甚至布里斯班和珀斯。不管是联邦选举还是州选举,想要成功当选,都必须赢得这些大城市的大部分选区。

科技发达国家的普遍现象
有趣的是,这不是澳大利亚特有的现象,而是在大多数科技发达国家都存在,不管是不是西式民主政治国家。所以,各个政治家和他们所在的政党都需要塑造这样的形象:他们能够推动创新并推动创新企业的发展。所以如果你听到这样的话:“硅谷已经过时了,看看西悉尼的科技创业公司AirTrunk吧,人家正在Huntingwood进一步扩张呢。”你可能并不会感到惊讶。

政治家总是关心本地事务
以下这句话笔者没记错的话,应该是来源于新南威尔士州西悉尼部长Stuart Ayres。他表示,继续投资AirTrunk一流的数据储存设施会使其扩张1.2万平方米。
西悉尼或成为科技中心
Stuart Ayres还表示,“这表明了科技企业对西悉尼的信任。”AirTrunk的任务是在西悉尼建造澳大利亚最大的超大规模数据中心,不仅如此,该项目还计划在未来让亚洲和澳大利亚的科技巨头公司选择西悉尼作为他们的总部所在地。

Huntingwood设备的建造为该地区的经济提供了强大的支持,除了建设期间产生了300个就业岗位之外,还有180个长期岗位。

AirTrunk投资了1亿澳元之后,现在二期扩建工程正在进行,面积将增加1.2万平方米,其中包括4个新的数据大厅。

市场对于安全可靠的数据储存的需求越来越大,而这个超大规模数据中心代表了该行业的最高水平。

新南威尔士州的Ayres部长继续表示,西悉尼将要实施一揽子最大的道路和公共基础设施项目,还要建一个新的机场,因此大家都明白西悉尼是个做生意的好地方。

CEO怎么看
AirTrunk的创始人兼CEO Robin Khuda表示,AirTrunk在悉尼的超大规模数据中心是一个重大的里程碑。CEO Khuda评论道:“我们正在建设我们的亚太超大规模数据中心平台,在西悉尼建设我们的一流设施对于AirTrunk来说是一个巨大的成就。对于那些需要可靠、安全、可扩展且高效的数据中心方案的云计算顾客,我们是最好的选择。我们对于今天的成就感到很自豪。在接下来的几年,我们将会继续进行投资,进一步把悉尼建设成为一个大型科技中心。”

对于新南威尔士州政府来说,这些话再悦耳不过了。

AirTrunk究竟实现了哪些成就
AirTrunk表示,未来的世界将属于那些为数不多的能够更聪明地使用数据的公司。这些公司需要AirTrunk提供的这种灵敏、创新和高效的数据中心。AirTrunk称他们对旧的数据中心进行了重新构想,然后利用AirTrunk的专业技术建立了成本更低、可扩展性更强的大规模数据中心。AirTrunk的顾客可以在这个数据中心里看到未来。

很久以前,很多大型通信技术公司(ICT companies)就声称自己解决了数据中心的挑战。那么AirTrunk的以上言论是不是只是大话而已?他们真的有那么不一样吗?真的比别的公司更好吗?

在此,我不对AirTrunk的言论作任何评价。在这篇文章中,我想说的是,政治家常常将为选区引入投资作为“卖点”来勾画地区经济的美好未来,他们让选民们相信自己应该基于“就业和增长”或者“把人民放在第一位”的愿景投出自己的选票。似乎自由党和工党都在用这样的“套路”从中获益,但实际上,他们真的能为地方经济招商引资带来多大影响呢?毕竟,有生意做的地方自然都会吸引到投资者的。

亲爱的读者们,我的问题是,究竟是社会趋势(比如人口向大城市聚集以及数据使用的增加)影响政治,还是政治活动导致人们更喜欢住在大城市,因此更多人的数据能够被记录和使用?

 

                                           『原文』

AirTrunk anyone?

Australia and specifically its politicians from the Liberal and Labor Parties try to position themselves as progressive and innovative. It is no surprise that they look for Australian Enterprises or Enterprises that invest in Australia, that are poster examples in their industry segments and can be connected to this political process. A process that promises Jobs and Innovation (like the newly named Federal Department portfolio) or “Jobs and Growth”, as the Liberal Party put’s it or Labor’s equivalent, “Putting People First”!The people primarily referred to here are the ones living in the big cities like Sydney or Melbourne, even Brisbane and Perth, it happens to be also the location of most electorates, that need to be won to form Government, both at Federal or State level.

A particularly Australian phenomenon?

Interestingly enough this is not a particularly Australian phenomenon but seems to happen in most technologically advanced countries be they western style democracies or not.

So, the need to be seen to produce innovation and new companies that embody innovation is part of the image politicians and their parties need to project. If you hear, “Move over Silicon Valley, the multimillion dollar state of the art home for tech startup AirTrunk in Western Sydney is now undergoing further expansion in Huntingwood!”, you will not be surprised.

All politics seems to be local!

In fact, it more or less comes from the NSW Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, who said continuing investment in the flagship data storage facility will see it expanded by 12,000 square metres.

Trivial by international standards but impressive for Australia?

It goes on, “This is a vote of confidence from the major players that technology businesses belong in Western Sydney,”.

AirTrunk’s mission is to build Australia’s largest hyperscale data centre in Western Sydney, this mission is further progressing, and to have the digital landlord for tech giants across Asia and Australia choose Western Sydney as their home base is the sign of what’s to come.

Development of the Huntingwood facility has provided a major boost to the region’s economy by supporting over 300 jobs during construction and 180 ongoing jobs.

Now the phase two expansion is underway as part of a $100 million investment by AirTrunk, adding another 12,000 square metres including four data halls.

Demand for secure and reliable data storage is growing at an unprecedented rate and this hyperscale centre showcases the best this huge industry can offer.

With the biggest package of road and public infrastructure and a new airport underway, it’s no wonder the major players understand Western Sydney is the place to do business, NSW Minister Ayres continued.

So much for the NSW Government, but what do AirTrunk officials have to say?

AirTrunk Founder and CEO, Robin Khuda said the growth of AirTrunk’s hyperscale data centre in Sydney was a huge milestone.

CEO Khuda commented, “Establishing our flagship facility in Western Sydney was a major achievement for AirTrunk as we build our Asia Pacific hyperscale data centre platform. It is the destination for cloud computing customers looking for reliable, secure, scalable and efficient data centre solutions in Australia. We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved already. We have committed to further investment in coming years that will help springboard Sydney into a major technology hub.

No doubt comments like that are music in the ears of the NSW Government.

Now let us take a closer look at what AirTrunk does!

AirTrunk claims that the world of tomorrow will be driven by a handful of companies using one resource in smarter ways: data. These companies need data centres like the type AirTrunk can provide, responsive, innovative and efficient.

AirTrunk claims to have reimagined the data centres of yesterday, and now used AirTrunk’s regional expertise to build hyperscale data centres that are more cost-effective, scalable and available. Data centres where AirTrunk’s customers can house the future.

These are big claims given most large ICT companies claim to have solved the data centre challenge a long time ago. So, is AirTrunk really that different and better?

I am not going to make any judgement about AirTrunk’s claims. What I am trying to say in this article is how the business of investment in local economies is used by politics to profile the future and why people should vote for or against a vision based around “Jobs and Growth” or “Putting People First”. Both parties, in this case, are trying, it seems, to benefit from developments they have influenced little and would likely have occurred in any case as business looks for opportunities.

My question to you, dear reader is, do megatrends like the movement of people to the big cities and the increased use of data profiling of the consumer and citizen drive the political system or is it the political system that drives the people to prefer to live in big cities and be profiled by technology, generating more and more data?

A.    Politics drives the system?

B.    The system drives politics?

C.    A bit of both?

D.    Just change and opportunity?

E.    Random?

F.     Don’t know?

G.    Don’t care?

Please, we need your comments, leave at least one!

本文翻译Translator:周吉吉Julie

本文编辑Editor:千千Coco