Vertiv shifts its core Sydney IT centre in 24 hours

Vertiv Co

Tuesday, 07 July, 2020

Vertiv shifts its core Sydney IT centre in 24 hours

Vertiv has worked with Focus Group Technologies (FGT) to move its core Sydney offices from Macquarie Park to Bella Vista in the city’s north-west, in an operation that was impressively completed in just one day.

The aim of the move is to improve energy efficiency, optimise Vertiv’s IT environment and provide more space for the company’s team to expand.

It is the first APAC office to transition to Vertiv’s ‘Site in a Box’ initiative, a global standard for IT infrastructure and optimisation across all of Vertiv’s sites worldwide.

“There’s an element of practising what we preach here,” said Robert Linsdell, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Vertiv.

“One of our fastest-growing services has been data centre optimisation, as businesses strive for both cost savings and reduced carbon footprints.

“We’ve always maintained strong standards in that regard, but we were constrained by our previous office space. The new facility will help us accelerate optimisation and efficiency.”

Consolidation exercises included reducing rack space by 80% with a new hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) data centre, used both to power Vertiv’s IT operations and as a demonstration lab for customers.

The company also improved power and cooling efficiency at the new facility by installing a new Vertiv UPS with lithium-ion batteries and deploying its data centre optimisation dashboard, which refreshes every 30 seconds to provide real-time analysis.

FGT is a long-time partner specialising in IT relocations and products, including Vertiv’s Avocent line of products.

“Our experience working with Vertiv on other data centre consolidation projects made this a very smooth operation,” said Phil Jones, Director, FGT.

“We had more than 100 devices to move and reconfigure — but all the moving parts were mapped out in advance and the day went as planned.”

The move was completed just as NSW work restrictions came into effect and staff switched to working from home.

IT optimisation also enabled Vertiv to get its team out of the new office and into secure, effective home-office environments shortly after the move was completed.

“We anticipated that work-from-home restrictions were coming,” said Dennis Joson, IT Manager, Vertiv.

“Having more advanced infrastructure in place definitely helped with that transition, but we’re looking forward to getting back in and appreciating the full benefits of our new home.”

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