NEXTDC has announced it will launch a new Edge data centre in Port Hedland making it the first of its kind in the Pilbara. The new centre, which is expected to be operational by August 2023, aims to service the growing demand for cloud services in the region. NEXTDC chief commercial officer David Dzienciol said the centre would support the Pilbara’s pivotal resource industry “The Pilbara region is clearly a strategic market for us as we extend our capabilities alongside the mining and resources sector,” he said. “Multi-faceted partnerships are increasingly driving the need for real-time insights, improved response times, and better availability of data as key fundamentals in digital transformation across many industry sectors.” The new centre, known as PH1, will be the second in a series of Edge data centres planned in remote areas around Australia, with one centre installed on the Sunshine Coast. Director for WA at Microsoft Malcolm De Silva said the centre would improve business decision-making in the Pilbara. “Having the ability to make important business decisions with real-time data in remote areas like Port Hedland is vital for the resources sector,” MR De Silva said. “Importantly, PH1 Port Hedland combines security, safety, and uptime resilience with low-latency connectivity, allowing Microsoft to extend its cloud applications and platforms to a number of mining operators across remote Australia.” NEXTDC is an ASX 100-listed technology company. PH1 aims to help drive the digital transition in the resource industry.