Datacentre space is a commodity, according to Tier5 managing director, Marty Gauvin.
Gauvin made his comments during a case study at a Datacenter Dynamics conference in Sydney.
The session looked at the company’s approach to building a datacentre in Adelaide.
According to Gauvin, the Tier5 team took the first approach by defining the problem and formulating the business idea.
Research by the company showed that out of 68 cities worldwide, Sydney is the only one in this part of the world with effective datacentre markets but the situation outside the primary cities is poor.
“Secondary cities have poor facilities – those that are too old, lack power density or facilities that people try and refit. It gets a bit scary,” Gauvin said.
The company took the next step by defining the issues that required resolving, which include aiming to overcome inflexibilities, getting away from reinventing the wheel and employing architectural engineers every time a business wanted to open a new facility and energy and capital inefficiency.
It then examined a selection of containers, pods and fabricated designs and the key element it came across was price.
“Lots of vendors who were selling these next generation datacentres believed they can sell them at a premium. The fact of the matter is, datacentre space is a commodity,” he said.
As such, the company started sourcing for a next generation design that was suitably priced and decided on a modular design of pre-assembled components that were container shaped IT PACs and Air Handling Unit (AHU) PACs.
The impact of the solution resulted in it featuring a free air mode, a chilled water mode, mixed air mode and a diverse site selection.
“The situation we have here is not only can customers brand their own section of the datacentre but they can also flexibly determine their own tier level and security measures,” he stated.
The project prototype took eight months from design to delivery and in three weeks, a datacentre was built from an empty shed.
Gauvin addressed five key benefits of the project, which include the datacentre built in a factory, a quick time to market, easy deployment, configuration of climate of site and no guesswork for most of the project.
The company plans to soon expand in two ways – opening similar facilities in other parts of Australia and across the region and providing customers with dedicated facilities.
Tier5 will announce its second site in the coming months and most recently deployed Dell's Modular Data Centre.