HP opens Sydney datacentre: photos

HP opens Sydney datacentre: photos

Summary: Hewlett-Packard (HP) has opened its new $200 million datacentre out at Eastern Creek, Sydney, and provided ZDNet with a tour of the new facility.


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    These tanks store water, but they're not for cooling the system — they're for fire suppression. Instead, the site uses the cooler local climate in Western Sydney to air-cool the facility as much as possible. This reduces the centre's reliance on condenser-based cooling and is key to the facility achieving what HP claims is a 40 per cent improvement in energy efficiency, compared to its closest competitor.

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    At the moment, the site runs using two 11kV lines from two different substations. HP is building its own substation on site, which will eventually provide the power necessary for an expected future expansion of the centre.

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    Five diesel generators provide emergency backup power to the facility. In a complete failure of mains power, the centre requires only two to keep it up and running. This allows HP to take an entire generator offline for maintenance, without impacting redundancy. The start-up time for the generators is 50 seconds, well within the 1 hour window that the facility's uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems provide for fail-over. These systems are responsible for the site's 99.982 per cent uptime guarantee.

Topics: Outsourcing, Hewlett-Packard

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