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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    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.

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    The roof of the facility houses air-handling units, which screen the air for any particles. While there is ample real estate to deploy solar panels, the technology hasn't yet caught up to make it a feasible solution for the datacentre's comparatively massive power use, according to the company. Still, HP has said that as technology changes, it is certainly a path it will consider.

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    The centre is capable of delivering 4MW of power at the moment, but this can be expanded over ten-fold to 41MW if the facility is used for high-density computing. So far, the centre has attracted clients such as Downer EDI, Origin Energy and Elders Australia. Origin Energy CIO Olaf Pietschner didn't provide names, but said that it was also confidence-inspiring that certain government departments had signed on for or expressed interest in using space at the same datacentre.

Topics: Outsourcing, Hewlett-Packard

Michael Lee

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A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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