APC has taken the wraps off of its first dedicated datacentre demonstration and training facility in the Western Australian region.
Dubbed the Energy Efficiency Hub, the Perth-based facility incorporates APC’s modular datacentre with hot aisle containment system (HACS); a dedicated wiring closet showcase; redundant critical power systems (UPS) and associated electrical switchgear; along with InfraStruxure, APC’s architecture for network-critical physical infrastructure.
APC Pacific vice-president, Gordon Makryllos, said the CBD datacentre allows APC to demonstrate the building blocks for an energy efficient datacentre – long sought after by West Australian technology professionals.
It will also be used by APC’s channel and vendor alliance partners to conduct advanced technical product training and demonstrations for clients and staff. In attendance at the official opening were a mix of distributors, resellers, along with customer accounts and industry consultants. Distributors included Ingram Micro, Express Data, DPSA and Pacific Datacome. Resellers in attendance included AlphaWest, Synergy Plus, Datacom, Data#3, Corporate Express, Perfect, Stott & Hoare, Xpanse and Moncrieff.
Makryllos said modular and scalable datacentre technology is a key growth area for partners.
“APC has experienced strong growth in Australia in recent years and we are excited about the opportunity ahead of us. The opening of the Energy Efficiency Hub demonstrates our investment in training and education for local channel partners and customers as well as our long-term commitment to the West Australian IT industry,” Makryllos said in a statement.
He said there’s an increased demand for software-controlled power and cooling systems by Australian businesses.
“Many organisations in the region are facing significant datacentre challenges. A number of companies are using outdated legacy systems and are consolidating their datacentre hardware but still require more floor space,” Makryllos said.
Other top challenges for Australian organisations include bulging energy costs, the possibility of a carbon tax, along with the inability to meet power and cooling requirements.