Outside Metronode's new $150 million data centre in the western Melbourne suburb of Derrimut.
Victorian technology minister Gordon Rich-Phillips officially opens the facility.
The 'cool room' is the product of BladeRoom’s ecologically-minded air conditioning. Visitors must cover their shoes to preserve the Spartan conditions of the data centre.
Air optimisers deliver air throughout the sever racks, maintaining a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius.
A peek behind the air optimisers.
This fleet of fans powering the air optimers produces only a gentle hum.
Each Blade Room varies in temperature by no more than a degree.
Each room can house 30 racks for a total of 195 across all rooms in each pod. The ground and upper floor pods are identical, but independent, and can cool up to 760 kW worth of IT kit.
The building is spotless and painted clean white.
Another server room on the ground floor, with an air optimiser supplying cool air from the opposite end of the pod.
120kg gas compression tanks hold a mix of Argon and Nitrogen and were imported from Argentina. Standard Australian tanks hold 80kg.
The Adiabatic cooler, with a wet matrix on the left and DX Coils on the right.
Outside air enters from the mixing chamber and passes through these filters. It is then passed to the DX coils, and through the Adiabatic cooler.
The hot zone reaches a scorching 40 degrees Celsius.
These louvers dump hot air to the outside. In the event of a fire, they will close.
More space within the hot zone. The facility achieves a power utilisation efficiency (PUE) of less than 1.2, "compared to traditional data centres which can run in excess of 2.2”, according to Peter McGrath, executive general manager of Metronode's parent company Leighton Telecommunications.
Fast fibre runs the length of the facility.
The mixing chamber. Cool free air mixes with hot air and is pumped back through the facility once it reaches around 21 degrees Celsius.
A biometric scanner. The facility has Iris scanners at two entry points.