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Inside Harbour MSP's datacentre: photos

ZDNet Australia was invited inside Global Switch's datacentre facility based in Ultimo, Sydney, for a tour of the Harbour MSP suite, which houses Steam Engine's high performance computing gear.
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Each of these hard disks stores 30 terabytes worth of data ranging from scientific analyses to files for films. These are four-year-old legacy drives and plans are in place to modernise the storage array.

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Three storage racks side by side. On the left are the legacy 30-terabyte disks and to the right are blue Hitachi arrays that can store 100 terabytes each.

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NetApp controller for the legacy hard disks.

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HP computational server nodes.

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This particular customer has brought in their own terabyte hard disk with some basic material to get the ball rolling on their project, avoiding having to bus it down via a network connection.

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Each rack is tightly secured.

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Networking facilities are run around the datacentre suite via overhead runners and cold air is forced under a two-foot raised floor.

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The business end of a front-end server.

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The area at the back of the racks is cooled by a variety of air-based methods. No liquid cooling method is employed by Steam Engine.

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Steam Engine's customers can install their various operating environments on these front-end servers to interface with the high-powered computing environment.

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Mike Smith is the project manager for Steam Engine and showed us around the rack space.

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The HP server nodes are cooled using forced air pushed from the front of the unit.

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The whole Harbour MSP suite is hooked up to an Inergen fire suppressant system to stave off disaster.

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