HP: No partners in $119m 'shells' and 'cells' datacentre yet

HP: No partners in $119m 'shells' and 'cells' datacentre yet

New datacentre almost as big as 45 tennis courts launches in Sydney’s west

Tech giant, HP, has announced a $119 million datacentre in Sydney’s Eastern Creek but resellers and partners aren’t going to be a part of plans yet.

The datacentre will be built in a modular design and have two “shells”. Each “shell” will then have two “cells”, within which is another “shell”. This will result in five cells of 2320 square metres each and the final size will be almost the same as 45 tennis courts.

It will have HP system management tools, a variable power density of 1.6kW to 2.15kW and a PUE rating of under 1.3. HP claims it will be operational by the end of 2011, will boost HP’s compute capacity in the Sydney basin by 12X and last for between 30 and 50 years.

When asked by ARN if HP’s datacentre services would be sold direct or through partners, its South Pacific vice-president for enterprise services, David Caspari, was noncommittal.

“There’s nothing in the investment that would prevent us from partnering with a multitude of ways with clients or partners,” he said.

But HP South Pacific vice-president and managing director, Paul Brandling, was keen to point out this centre was not about leasing floor space to customers.

“This is about providing a comprehensive range of outsourced services that our customers can take advantage of,” he said. “Invariably in most environments we have a direct relationship with the customers.

“But we’ve usually got partners involved at some level.”

Caspari said this was a consolidation of resources, but refused to comment on whether or not other datacentres would be retired as a result. He said 200 construction workers would be on the job at its peak.

He added while he preferred customers use HP equipment and solutions in the centre, it would not be restricted to just one brand, depending on customer requirements.

“Our clients demand that we have the ability to provide for their specific needs and to that extent we’ll always look after what’s best for our clients,” he said.

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