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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    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.

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    This view of the roof provides an idea of the scale of the first shell of the facility. The completed cell, within the shell, already provides a space of 2000m2 for racks in a hot-aisle configuration, and an additional 500m2 of raised floor space; the cells that are yet to be completed will be of the same size.

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    The roof-mounted chillers are only fired up as necessary to air-cool the facility. During the recent cool weather, only a single chiller has been required to meet all of the facility's current needs. They are set up to also allow the flow of chilled water, but this additional cooling is only necessary for those few summer days where the ambient air temperature is too high. In winter months, hot air from servers is fed back into the centre if heating is required.

Topics: Outsourcing, Hewlett-Packard

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