Tier5 deploys Dell's Modular Data Centre
- 10 November, 2010 15:53
Adelaide-based datacentre services and consulting outfit, Tier5, has become the first company globally to deploy Dell’s latest Modular Data Centre (MDC).
Tier5 CEO, Peter Wildy, said it chose Dell because it suited its requirements for a flexible and efficient datacentre.
“We wanted to build a facility that could have a tier 2,3 or 4 module next to each other, so that any customer could take a variety of tier levels and align them with their requirements,” Wildy told ARN. “Scalability was important to us and we didn't want to be spending hundreds of millions dollars up front, we wanted to grow it and scale out as needed.”
Tier5 claimed MDC would save its Adelaide datacentre customers about $8 million in power costs per year. It forms a part of Tier5’s multi-tenant datacentre parks initiative, which can suit specific wholesale requirements including managed service providers and resellers.
“With other types of datacentres, you can potentially see other customers, but everything about this is the tenant’s datacentre, right next door will be someone else, but your datacentre is custom built to what you want and your requirements,” he said.
MDC has been custom designed and was developed using Dell’s Data Centre Solutions (DCS) group. It was designed with Tier5 to suit their specific requirements.
The design features a steel frame rather than a standard shipping container, so Dell can deploy modules with different configurations to meet various customer requirements. Each module houses up to 12 standard server racks and up to 2500 servers. The modular design provides Tier5 with the ability to mix and match hardware components within a module.
It contains two rows of custom built racks with a centre hot aisle to allow easy to access to components and supplies multiple cooling options, including chilled water, evaporative cooling and oxygen.