Brisbane-based datacentre provider, NEXTDC, has won an international award for design excellence from the Uptime Institute.
The organisation is an independent thought leader and certification body in IT and datacentres.
NEXTDC is one of 15 winning projects worldwide in the second annual Brill Awards for Efficient IT. It was awarded in the Product Solutions category for the APAC region. it was the only product solutions award globally for 2015.
The Brill Awards are the granted to projects, ideas and products that improve the industry's ability to sustainably deliver IT services to the end user. Other winners for 2015 include Boeing, Nomura Research Institute and Raytheon.
NEXTDC head of engineering and design, Jeff Van Zetten, was instrumental in the company’s win.
“This award is the ultimate recognition of the overall design excellence of NEXTDC's facilities. Our core purpose is to provide industry-leading datacentres that are highly innovative, reliable and efficient.”
“Our focus was one of the key differentiators of our datacentre design: the power system utilising Piller DRUPS-IP. The Uptime Institute had not seen it developed in a segregated and modular form before, which is how we modelled it to achieve better resilience.”
NEXTDC utilises isolated parallel DRUPS power systems to provide continuous A and B power to IT equipment, even in the event of a UPS failure. Other design features include Turbocor magnetic-bearing, low-friction compressors, and free air and water-side economisation in conjunction with variable speed EC CRAC fans, hot/cold aisle containment and innovative floor grille management.
“The Brill Award makes all the hard engineering work we've put into developing the NEXTDC brand of datacentre really worth it. The award is a credit to the NEXTDC team who delivered these complex facilities in super fast time and still achieved Uptime Institute Tier III certification – it's some sort of career highlight for us all,” said Van Zetten.
Named for Uptime Institute founder Ken Brill, the 2015 Brill Awards recognise IT efficiency in five categories, across four global regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and APAC for IT Systems Efficiency; Datacentre Facilities Management; Datacentre Design; Operational Datacentre Upgrade; and Product Solutions, as well as three Global Leadership Awards.
The Product Solutions category is for facility infrastructure or IT products that significantly improve datacentre energy and/or resource efficiency, and honour both the datacentre owner and the product vendor.