Metronode opens Australian first next generation data centre

1 Aug 12

Metronode Pty Limited (Metronode), a subsidiary of Leighton Contractors Pty Limited, today officially opened its Australian first, large-scale energy efficient data centre in Derrimut with the Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips,Victoria’s Minister for Technology.

Metronode’s new data centre will bring about dramatic changes to the Australian data centre market and is the first purpose-built facility featuring free air cooling to deliver world leading energy efficiency.

Peter McGrath, Executive General Manager, Leighton Telecommunications said “The launch of this Australian first next generation data centre today signifies the technological and engineering credibility and commitment of our team to finding a better solution for our customers.”

“Metronode’s innovative facility is superior from an eco-technology perspective as it provides a 90 per cent real reduction in power required for cooling. These significant energy savings are then passed on to our customers and the end user.”

The Derrimut based next generation facility utilises direct free air-cooling and modular plant systems to deliver world-leading power utilisation efficiency.  The on-site rain water retention and harvesting and an intelligent site monitoring system provides further environmental enhancements at the facility.

“With our new technology, this facility offers a Power Utilisation Efficiency (PUE) of less than 1.2, compared to traditional data centres which can run in excess of 2.2,” said Mr McGrath.

Metronode’s data centre design has recently been awarded the prestigious Uptime Institute Tier III Accreditation providing new customers with real certainty on the reliability of Metronode’s facilities.

Metronode’s General Manager Mr Malcolm Roe said “We are delighted to be recognised with this important accreditation which provides further validation of our commitment to providing environmentally friendly data centres with proven reliability and security.“

The Victorian Data Centre site covers more than 25,000 square metres, and when fully operational will be one of the largest independent data centres inAustralia. It can be scaled to support up to 12MW of IT load with more than 3,000 equipment racks.

“This is one of many significant projects in which Leighton Telecommunications is meeting the strong market demand from large carriers, enterprise and government customers for high end infrastructure based services and mission critical applications,” said Mr McGrath.

This next generation Victorian data centre will complement Metronode’s existing data centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide and the roll out of new generation eco-friendly facilities currently under construction in the Illawarra region, Sydney and Perth.