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Pacnet datacentre launch: photos

Asian telecommunications company Pacnet yesterday launched its new $40 million, 5900-square-foot datacentre located in the heart of the Sydney central business district.

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Pacnet CEO Bill Barney and Pacnet Australia and New Zealand CEO Deborah Homewood officially opened the Liverpool Street centre yesterday.

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Barney said there is huge demand for datacentres in Australia, but it is not being driven by the roll-out of the National Broadband Network.

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The building has been used to house datacentres since the 1970s.

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The centre provides a fully isolated chilled water loop from chilled water risers.

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The datacentre operates at temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.

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It is twice the size of Pacnet's Bond St centre, and it is intended that all customers will be migrated to this site by 20 March.

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The Tier III datacentre has 200 IT server racks with a high power density of up to 6kVA per cabinet.

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AC and DC power is provided to the datacentre, and it also has 72 hours worth of fuel available in the event of a power outage.

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The power usage effectiveness (PUE) of the centre is currently 1.8 but is expected to go down to 1.7. Pacnet said it was unlikely to go down further because the datacentre was built in an existing building.

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Barney said the facility would be purely carrier neutral, with all operators working in the facility.

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The facility has 24/7 security with CCTV and biometric readers.

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