Dell and Tier5 open worlds-first modular data centre in Adelaide

by Lee Hopkins on November 11, 2010 · 3 comments

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My favourite computer folk, Dell, have just celebrated the opening of Tier5‘s data centre in the old Mitsubishi site in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

Dell have created a modular data centre that plugs together IT, cooling and power into scalable blocks that fit together and grow as needs require.

Dell & Tier5 modular data centre launchTier5 offer data centre and hosting solutions for their clients; they need flexible data centre solutions that can be rapidly deployed. Dell’s modular data centre (MDC) folks have developed a third generation solution that allows for rapid development and deployment of customised and scalable modules that offer various types of cooling, including chilled water, evaporative cooling and outside air, dependent on external environmental conditions.

All in a fraction of the time it takes to deploy other solutions with equivalent capability; the racks can be forklifted into place already pre-configured and hooked up, ready to rock in minutes.

Joe Kremer, managing director of Dell Australia and New Zealand said,

"Australia is experiencing a crisis with regard to data centre capacity. Billions are being spent at fever pitch as government and corporate race to develop new facilities as older data centres run out of power and space and present an increasing drag on the environment and our valuable resources."

Over at Flickr are some photos and below is the media interview from the official launch.

bcr069: Dell & Tier5 press conference from Lee Hopkins on Vimeo.

What’s exciting about this MDC is that Tier5 and Dell have created something that will bring the cost of hosting down. Tier5 will be targeting clients like ISPs and large organisations who might have had to have all of their hosting (website, disaster recovery, backup, etc.,) sourced from traditional data centre locations like Sydney. Now, secondary, regional centres like Adelaide, etc., can have these centres rolled out in them, bringing costs down.

It even means that a pre-prepared site (think mining or defence) can have a pre-configured modular data centre up and running in less than a month.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see local South Australian ISPs like Adam and Internode, inter alia, offering their business clients free data transfer if they take a backup storage or disaster recovery plan from them. Although the data transfer would be large, the savings reaped from cheaper end-hosting with Tier5 could be passed on to make some sort of competitive differentiator. ‘Costs coming down’ is a slogan I always like to see.

I’m thrilled to see the old Mitsubishi site come alive again, and Marty Gauvin, Tier5 founder, and former Hostworks supremo, is equally delighted to bring life back to this much-loved and missed Adelaide institution.

I also had a chuckle with Marty Filipowski, Dell’s Comms guru, about the varying dress codes both here in Adelaide and his locale in Sydney: I was the only person wearing a t-shirt, and nearly every local male here wore a tie. A reflection of Adelaide’s ultra-conservative nature, no doubt…

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