Data centres

Day of the Trifid: high-performance computing and education

07 November, 2012 by

Researchers can’t afford to be slowed by technology - they need to process large batches of research calculations quickly or they risk a rival publishing a finding first. As such, researchers who need to perform complicated calculations on giant datasets rely on high performance computing (HPC) facilities - systems that are capable of processing many trillions of calculations per second.

Macquarie Telecom reduces running costs at flagship Intellicentre 2 data centre with server automation

14 August, 2012 by

Telecoms and managed hosting provider Macquarie Telecom has deployed server and network automation in its new $60 million Intellicentre 2 data centre to manage, and reduce, the costs of rapid ongoing growth.

Metronode opens direct free air cooling data centre

01 August, 2012 by

Metronode, a subsidiary of Leighton Contractors, today opened what it terms a “large-scale, energy-efficient data centre” in Derrimut, Victoria. The facility uses direct free air cooling and modular plant systems to help increase power utilisation efficiency.

Schneider Electric StruxureWare Data Centre Operation v7.2 Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software

16 July, 2012 by

The StruxureWare Data Centre Operation v7.2 Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software identifies underutilised servers, enabling the optimisation of IT equipment within the data centre.

Schneider Electric StruxureWare Data Centre Operation Suite v7.1 DCIM software

17 May, 2012 by

Schneider Electric has released v7.1 of its StruxureWare Data Centre Operation Suite, featuring updated and flexible change management with a customisable approach to workflow management and maintenance processes.

Fujitsu upgrades Melbourne data centre to the tune of $60 million

11 May, 2012 by

Fujitsu today reopened its Melbourne data centre, which the company recently upgraded in a $60 million program. According to the company, the upgrade has improved the centre’s security, connectivity and availability, to provide its 2000 Australian enterprise and government customers with increased access to secure hosting services.

Hitachi Unified Storage

08 May, 2012 by

Hitachi Unified Storage helps users meet application availability requirements and performance requirements with a lower investment.

How Fire & Rescue NSW deployed EMC technology and built a cloud for NSW emergency services

15 April, 2012 by

Fire & Rescue NSW, one of the world’s largest urban fire and rescue services, has deployed several EMC CLARiiON devices in a managed data centre. This has enabled the agency to double its storage efficiency and provide cloud services to other government agencies.

Rittal air/water heat exchangers featuring eco mode controls

27 February, 2012 by

Rittal has added Intelligent Eco Mode controls to its air/water heat exchangers for increased energy efficiency. The Comfort units have cooling outputs of 500 to 5000 W and turn the fan off or on as needed, depending on the temperature in the enclosure. The company has also made improvements to assembly and water connections.

Rittal modular safe with direct free cooling

12 February, 2012 by

Rittal has launched the Extend modular safe with direct free cooling to provide users with economical and energy-efficient cooling, using outside air. The modular safe offers sensitive IT hardware system-tested protection against fire, smoke gases, fire extinguisher water, dust and unauthorised access. Alongside the servers and storage solutions, other components such as system controls, fire alarm and extinguisher system and busbars supplement the security safe and make up a fully equipped compact data centre.

How to remotely reboot after a system lock-up

07 February, 2012 by

Remotely administering switches, servers, telecoms equipment and the like can be difficult, especially when a device locks up and requires a cold boot. In these circumstances, a ‘remote power reboot switch’ can help get that obstinate piece of kit up and running.

Adlink Technology cPCI-6210 Series compactPCI blade

05 January, 2012 by

Adlink Technology’s cPCI-6210 Series, 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processor-based 6U CompactPCI blade is a PICMG 2.0-compliant performance computing solution with enhanced management features such as PICMG 2.9-compliant IPMI, remote management based on Intel vPro technology and optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for security management.

University data centre revision leads to megawatt UPS

20 October, 2011 by

Swinburne University of Technology has built a new data centre for primary IT activity, converting its old data centre into a disaster recovery centre. To power the new data centre, the university has installed two UPS units, each providing 500 kW of power.

Data centre power planning

07 October, 2011 by Jim Smith

Demand for data centres continues unabated, driven by factors like cloud computing and increasing use of multiapplication phones. These data centres must be efficient if they are to be successful. Jim Smith, CTO of Digital Realty Trust, discusses how power-usage planning can help build better data centres.

Cloud computing drives data centre expansion

05 September, 2011 by Merri Mack

Equinix, a carrier-neutral data centre company, has opened its new Sydney data centre. Merri Mack reports on the launch and the continuing demand for local data centres given the growth of cloud computing.

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