Brisbane-based iseek has opened the doors to what it claims is one of Australia's most energy efficient data centres.
The $44 million dollar facility [see photo gallery, right] is one of the country's first data centres to use free cooling (or hybrid cooling) where filtered air is sourced outdoors as opposed to traditional methods of using recycled hot air emitted from the equipment.
"In 2007 the entire information and communication technologies (ICT) sector was estimated to be responsible for two per cent of global carbon emissions", said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at the official opening of the facility in Brisbane late last week.
"iseek's new centre has been strategically designed to reduce power consumption and energy costs", she said.
The new purpose built data centre, located at the Brisbane Airport Precinct, spans approximately 2500 square metres and includes 1000 square metres of co-location space.
Jason Gomersall, managing director at iseek said several high-profile companies had already signed up to use the facility.
"I'm not allowed to name them but I can tell you they are all large names in the travel industry, in the financial services industry and the food processing industries," he said.
Gomersall said the facility is rated Tier III in terms of redundancy and is powered by two separate 33kV underground feeds. The company also has three 2250kVA Cummins diesel generators on-site for emergency power.
It will offer average power of 6kW per rack, peaking at 20kW per rack, and is connected to the networks of Optus/Uecomm, Telstra and Pipe/TPG.
The data centre is also equipped with 46 on-site security cameras and dual- factor identification for entry (biometric fingerprint reader and PIN).