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Dell divulges modular datacentre details

Hardware and services giant Dell looks set to use a modular deployment model for its new Australian-based datacentre, according to the company's local managing director, Joe Kremer.
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Hardware and services giant Dell looks set to use a modular deployment model for its new Australian-based datacentre, according to the company's local managing director, Joe Kremer.

"Here in Australia, recently we announced we'd be building our own datacentre that will have cloud services available either for purchase, for rent or for co-location," Kremer said.

The vendor's modular build format allows for expansion beyond the original build using blocks of power, computing and cooling modules. Where a traditional facility is dependent on the purchase of land, the need for a purpose-built facility and a raised floor, Dell has instead made the modules to be used "like Lego", Kremer said.

Kremer said that he "wouldn't be surprised" if Dell used a combination of modular and traditional formats inside the company's Australian facility.

"What will happen over time is the percentage of the enterprise kit that lives in the traditional datacentre will decline. It just costs too much," he said.

Kremer said that the modular format offered by Dell differs from datacentre containers made by HP and IBM, in that the Dell offering is more flexible.

Kremer made the statements about the local datacentre at a media roundtable in Sydney today, adding that the datacentre space is still an expanding market.

Australia is set to play host to several new datacentre facilities, with HP, Equinix, Macquarie Telecom and Global Switch all in the preliminary build process.

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