Australia’s Department of Defence has awarded Datapod a two-year, AU$20 million contract to provide the agency with portable, containerised data systems that can be deployed by sea, air, or road.
Under the contract, Datapod will build four scaleable data centres that can house a range of Defence’s IT equipment and other potential technologies and platforms.
“Our Defence force needs to be agile and responsive to the evolving threats we face,” Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said.
“This investment recognises the need to have assets that can be deployed and re-deployed to meet operational needs, without unnecessary delays caused by constructing facilities with a long lead time.”
The contract builds on an existing relationship that Datapod already has with Defence. The company has previously supplied other data centre facilities to the agencies.
The AU$20 million contract is part of the federal government’s wider AU$1 billion investment package which has been touted would boost the country’s defence industry.
Other initiatives that are expected to come from the AU$1 billion hand-out includes increased funding towards Defence’s innovation, industry grants, skilling and micro-credentialing, and cyber training.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has labelled the package as a way to help small and medium-sized business as part of the defence industry supply chain.
“Like much of the economy, our local defence industry is doing it tough because of COVID-19. This is especially so for small and medium-sized businesses, that are critical to jobs,” the prime minister said.
“Supporting our defence industry is all part of our JobMaker plan — especially high-paying, high-skilled jobs that ensure we are supporting a robust, resilient, and internationally competitive defence industry. We want to build our sovereign industrial capabilities and Australian workforce to keep our people safe.”
Datapod have been awarded the supply contract for modular data centers by a major resources company with operations throughout Australia as well as Latin America and North America. With considerable experience in the resources sector Datapod’s proven approach to delivering world-class modular ICT facilities was a key factor in succesfully concluding the deal. With safety a key factor in the resource sector it was also important to be able to demonstrate a top-down commitment to a safe working environment. Scott Carr, Managing Director of Datapod points to the 1500-days without LTI in both our factory and offsite deployment projects as a proof-point. “You can’t operate for nearly 5 years without incident unless safety is embedded in the culture of the company”, says Scott, adding that resource-sector clients wanted to know that their suppliers understood their needs and took safety as seriously as they do.
Design maturity was also a key selling point for the customer. Having been proven across numerous resource-sector deployments, including both large high-density systems and small edge systems, Datapod were able to prove that the modular architecture was sufficiently flexible that it could be used globally, in all climatic conditions, in a wide range of sizes and densities. “Datapod were able to satisfy the customers needs through a single system of standardised modules, giving the customer the ultimate flexibility”, says Adam Smith, Account Director.
Deployments for this customer will begin across Australia in July 2018, with North American deployments the following year.
Sydney, November 9, 2015: Australian modular data centre manufacturer Datapod is gearing up its push into the highly competitive International market after forging a supply agreement with power management company, Eaton Australia.
Canberra-headquartered Datapod has secured its first US-based customer and plans to use that implementation to showcase its technology and design leadership. The company already has a growing customer base in both the Asia-Pacific and European regions.
According to Companies and Markets, the annual global modular data centre market is estimated to be worth $40.41 billion by 2018 and growing at a rate of 37.41 per cent each year.
“Since we started in 2007, Datapod has been an export-focused company,” said Managing Director, Scott Carr (Pictured above) . “After having spent time designing and developing a mature product platform for clients in Australia, we are now turning our attention to the United States.”
In Australia, Datapod has been providing advanced data centres facilities to a range of clients in the industries such as: Defence, Education, Infrastructure, Communications and Resources. Systems are built in the firm’s ACT-based manufacturing facilities before being shipped to customer sites for installation.
Streamlining the supply chain
In an effort to streamline its manufacturing, Datapod has entered into a supply agreement with Eaton Australia. Under the agreement, Datapod will implement Eaton power quality management equipment into its data centres. In the future these will be augmented by Eaton power distribution and security products..
“When you are manufacturing a modular data centre, each time you begin a new project you find you have to raise purchase orders with 30 or 40 different component suppliers,” said Carr. “With Eaton, we are able to source multiple best-of-breed products from a single supplier.”
Carr said that, as well as the range and quality of components available from Eaton, the company’s willingness to adapt was also attractive to Datapod. “Eaton will modify their products and services to enable them to work more effectively within the Datapod system. We don’t find ourselves having to try to fit square pegs into round holes.”
Gordon Makryllos, Managing Director ANZ, Eaton, said its long-term experience in the design and manufacture of power components for data centres meant Eaton could meet the need for high-performance at a realistic price point. “With our global experience we are keen to support Australian Innovation in a global market.
“We understand the demands of modular data centres, which can sometimes be required to operate in harsh conditions and with variable external power supplies. We’re confident our power quality technology can help Datapod meet the particular needs of all its customers.”
First U.S.A customer
Datapod’s first US customer is Washington-based utility company WSSC. One of the largest water and waste water utilities in the country, WSSC serves more than 1.8 million residents.
Carr said the utility was implementing Datapod modular data centres as part of an aggressive plan to provide IT services for neighbouring utilities and public-sector bodies. “They are establishing a bureau-like IT services offering and needed a way to grow their data centre resources and capacity as client demands increased,” he said.
Working closely with WSSC, Datapod designed a multi-level modular data centre. As workloads increase, extra modules can be stacked on the initial installation, allowing storage and processing capacity to be quickly increased as required.
“We refer to our approach as Lego for data centres,” said Carr. “We have a menu-driven configuration process which allows customers to select the specific features and capacities that they need. The result is a very flexible data centre delivery and implementation offering.”
As customer numbers in the US increase, Carr said Datapod would establish a distribution facility there to complete final fit-outs and quality assurance testing. Pre-assembly of Eaton components will be undertaken within Eaton’s manufacturing facilities worldwide.
“This advanced manufacturing approach is well established with global manufacturers such as those operating in the car manufacturing industry,” he said. “It’s the same as a car manufacturer building the engine in one country and the chassis in another country and then shipping it all to the country of sale for final completion and distribution. Eaton’s components are globally available and globally supported which is essential to our expansion plans.”
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Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of US $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
Datapod is an innovative modular data center manufacturer offering a complete site infrastructure solution that can be deployed indoors or out.
Manufactured in Canberra Australia, with a global distribution network, the modular Datapod System can be customer factory acceptance tested, manufactured in 12 weeks, shipped to any location on the planet and assembled on site 72 hours, delivering significant CAPEX and OPEX savings for Datapod customers. The modular approach de-risks capital investments by enabling customers to right-size, move and scale to meet changing requirements as their needs evolve.
It is 12:30pm on Tuesday and the weekly Datapod meeting begins with safety report and update from Datapod Environment, Health, Safety and Quality Manager Shontelle Hellyer. The team Managers from around the organisation are focused on her commentary and it is just one example of how Datapod demonstrates their commitment to safety.
This commitment to safety has had a positive impact on the business as the firm celebrates 900 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI) and is now fast approaching three years without an LTI.
Datapod believes data center knowledge is at the heart of their record on safety and the culture extends to two factory locations as well as their administration offices.
The data center safety record is impressive when you consider the safety record includes the activities of the Datapod deployment teams who are required to travel to various locations around the world to deploy the modular data center systems and can include mining sites, urban utilities and defence locations.
Datapod Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr (pictured right) recently recognised the achievement saying it reflects Datapod’s commitment to safety.
Mr Carr said, ‘We make safety a number one priority in our organisation. Over the years we have built up a considerable amount of data center knowledge and our continuous improvement and development of safety policies and procedures is a reflection of our dedicated staff.”
Safety a benefit of the modular data center approach
The modular nature of the Datapod System means safety can be optimized during factory production. The data center production process allows processes to be streamlined by thorough onsite risk assessments, planning and a reduced time on site during the deployment phase.
“With Datapod’s approach to safety it means customers are guaranteed high levels of safety through their supply chain. We work to international and local Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and we have developed behaviours and a culture in our workforce that has safety at the heart of our work environment,” Mr Carr said.
Datapod Workplace Health, Safety and Environment Manager Shontelle Hellyer is proud of the achievement saying it is a tangible result of Datapod’s commitment to safety and social responsibility.
“We work to international safety standards and this means we are continually innovating and improving our workplace practices. Datapod continues to deliver against these high standards and we are always looking to do things better and safety is just one way we are always looking to continually exceed staff and customer outcomes,” said Ms Hellyer.
Datapod’s safety processes and procedures are independently audited as part of their ISO certifications.
For more information on Datapod’s ISO safety and other certifications.
The Datapod modular data center system is designed to enable whichever level of resilience is required by the customer, ensuring mission-critical IT can be configured to be operational at a Tier level appropriate to the business and the mission, even providing up to Tier IV data center fault tolerance if required.
As the global data center market moves to a more efficient and sustainable methods of delivering capacity, a common way to measure the effectiveness of a data center in terms of key criteria is by using a tiered system of measurement.
Understanding the tier level system is important and is a clear way organisations can effectively compare and measure the effectiveness of an existing data center and can be an important tool in communicating an organisations commitment to efficiency and the environment.
So how are data center tiers measured?
One of the leading authorities in providing tier certification is the Uptime Institute.
The Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organization that engages in data center education, publications, consulting, certification and conferences. The Uptime Institute provides three types of certification:
Tier Certification of Design Documents
Tier Certification of Constructed Facility
Tier Certification of Operational Sustainability
What Is The Tier Certification?
According to the Uptime Institute the tier certification is an indication of the reliability of the data center’s ability to stay operational without interruption, otherwise known as the uptime of the data center. There are four tiers of certification (I, II, III, IV). The higher the certification, the better designed and more reliable the data center is.
The certification only addresses the systems and sub-systems that support an IT environment. There are no requirements on the IT equipment itself. For instance, a malfunction of IT hardware that results in loss of service has no impact on the Tier certification. However, should there be the possibility of a power loss that is required by the IT hardware, the certification level is affected.
The Four Levels Of Tier Certification
What are the features of a Tier 1 data center?
Tier I facilities are generally utilized by small businesses and feature:
28.8 Hours of downtime per year.
Tier I shows a data center has the basic infrastructure for the operation of their facilities. Generally, the system will have a single path for power and cooling. At this level, the failure of one component will normally result in the system going offline.
What are the features of a Tier 2 Data Center?
The benefits of a Tier II facility include:
Partial redundancy in power and cooling
Experience 22 hours of downtime per year
Tier II is when the data center has redundancy built into its infrastructure but still relies on a single path for power and cooling. This means that a failure in the power generator or chiller will result in a backup being used. But, if there is damage or a failure of the main supply line to the facility, the IT system will be shut down.
What are the features of a Tier 3 Data Center?
Tier III facilities are utilized by larger businesses and feature:
No more than 1.6 hours of downtime per year
N+1 fault tolerant providing at least 72 hour power outage protection
Tier III is awarded when there is sufficient infrastructure to allow scheduled maintenance activities to be completed without interfering with the general operation of the data center. This system has redundant components and distribution paths for cooling and power. However, there is only one active set at any time. There is still a risk of outages when unplanned infrastructure failures occur.
What are the features of a Tier 4 Data Center?
Tier IV facilities typically serve enterprise corporations and provide the following:
99.995% uptime per year
2N+1 fully redundant infrastructure
96 hour power outage protection
26.3 minutes of annual downtime.
Tier IV is when the infrastructure of the data system is considered to be fault tolerant. The redundant components and distribution paths are generally isolated from one another. Should a fault occur in the system, there should be an automatic shift from the damaged system to a backup.
Having a data center Tier certified will help solidify reputation and give end users confidence in services.
Datapod’s modular data center infrastructure is designed to a standard that allows organisations to achieve their desired tier certification once the data center has been deployed and has been operational.
Once an organisation’s modular data center becomes operational, Datapod will work with customers to formalize their tier accreditation.
The recent lightning strikes that caused a Google data centre in Belgium to lose data and restore some information highlights the importance to anticipate and manage critical data centre assets.
The repeated lightning strikes on the electricity grid that powers facilities in Saint-Ghislain affected five per cent of persistent or non-virtual disks in the zone that powers Google Compute Engine, its cloud computing platform.
According to Data Center Knowledge the problem was compounded when the data centre’s battery backup failed, although Google said the vast majority of the data was recovered several days after the strikes occurred.
The lightning strikes raise an important issue in the data centre fraternity and that is of data centre downtime and the costs associated with unplanned outages.
With the increase in reliance on IT systems to support business-critical applications, a single downtime event now has the potential to significantly impact the profitability of an enterprise. In fact, for enterprises with revenue models that depend on the data centre’s ability to deliver IT and networking services to customers, downtime can be particularly costly.
According to Data Center Knowledge the average cost of data center downtime across industries was approximately $7,900 per minute with the average reported incident length was 86 minutes, resulting in average cost per incident of approximately $690,200 and when you think of a company the size of Google these average costs can be multiplied many times over.
Unfortunately, data centre outages aren’t just costly, they are also quite common.
Recent research by the Ponemon Institute’s and their publication, Calculating the Cost of Data, of those data centres surveyed, 95% said they experienced one or more unplanned outages in the past 24 months.
Included in the findings by the Ponemon Institute was weather events, like the one that affected the Google facility, only account for 12% of data center outages, with UPS system failure topping the list at 29%, human error at 24%, and water, heat or Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) failure at 15%.
While the Datapod modular data centre system is built to withstand lightning strikes and cyclones what can be done to reduce the incidence and recovery from, unplanned data centre outages?
Director of modular data centre maker, Datapod, Adam Smith, suggests there are nine considerations data centre managers and CIO’s can build into their data centre strategy to both help reduce the incidence of unplanned data centre downtime and the recovery from such an incident.
Nine Data Centre Considerations
Educate management and key executive decision makers: Ensure there is open and continuous dialogue with management and they understand the importance of the data centre to the overall performance of the organisation. One of the benefits of the modular Datapod data centre system is scalability. This can reduce the capital and operational cost when compared to a traditional approach which means more budget can be used to ensure uptime and reduce risk.
Evaluate risk and build accordingly: Perform a risk assessment, including a cost-benefit analysis, to determine what is reasonable to expect from providers (power and services) during power outages. Determine the costs of an outage to the business, and if required, build in redundancies to overcome the risk of an outage. For example, whether you have a traditional data centre or a modular system, the addition of a Datapod Utilitypod can build in power redundancy into your existing data centre, should there be an interruption to mains power.
Open channels with external stakeholders: Establish cooperation between power companies, internal departments, and remote service providers upon which the company is dependent. Establish a framework and working document that identifies protocols and procedures; and enables key stakeholders to implement restoration activities in a timely manner.
Implement DCIM or BMS: Use Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) or Building Management System (BMS) software with interactive 3D visualizations. With 3D visualization, you’d know within seconds what is malfunctioning. For example a failed component would be instantly identifiable in colour so you’d know exactly where they were located.
Use the latest data centre design: Utilise best practices in modular data centre design and redundancy to maximize availability. There are a number of proven best practices that serve as a good foundation for data center design and redundancy and these are available as an off the shelf option, from a modular data centre manufacturer like Datapod, including power and cooling options.
Ensure appropriate resource allocation: Dedicate appropriate resources to recovery and training in anticipation of an unplanned outage. This is more than having enough people to be able to reset systems following an outage, it involves having site preparedness – food, lodging, alternate transportation and ensuring staff training is up-to-date – in the event the outage is the result of a natural disaster. For example a major hurricane or cyclone event could cut off critical supplies and could affect access to generator fuel and critical parts.
Regular testing: Regularly test generators and switchgear to ensure emergency power in case of utility outage. Right from day one Datapod customers have peace of mind when it comes to testing. Customers are come into the factory to ensure all generators and switching gear kick-in in the case of an emergency even before their new data centre is deployed. Customers literally test drive their new data centre while it is still in the factory. Furthermore, Datapod encourages regular onsite testing. Regular testing confirms the proper operation during an outage and keeps the facility team up-to-date in their training should an unplanned outage occur.
Regular testing of UPS batteries: Having a dedicated battery monitoring system is sensible. According to Datapod research battery failure in traditional data centres is the leading cause of UPS system loss of power. Utilizing a predictive battery monitoring method can provide early notification of potential battery failure.
Regular testing of processes and procedures: If human error accounts for 24% of downtime, anything that you can do to familiarize your staff and contractors with the right steps to take during a critical event will be a good investment. Of course the more standardized your environment the less likely human error will be a factor, whereas in highly customized facilities there will be a greater incidence of human error related failures.
For more information about the Datapod modular data centre solution download the Datapod White Paper.
You can also pre-register for the Datapod Data Centre Efficiency and Sustainability White Paper.
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Modular data center solutions are renowned for providing a turnkey data hall solution within a short time frame.
As a leading specialist, Datapod’s scope of work includes the supply and installation of a pre-configured data center solution including the detailed design, manufacture, supply, installation, co-ordination, testing, commissioning and maintenance of the system and associated services.
Datapod customers receive a turnkey solution, including materials, labour, cartage, tools, plant, appliances, accessories and fixings necessary for the proper execution of the works, together with all minor and incidental works.
The modular solution is constructed to comply with ISO-certification of the external dimensions, weights, capabilities and stacking capacity of 20’ and 5’ hi-cube containers.
Better still, the modular data hall provides a contiguous space and can be incrementally expanded (added to) through connection of additional modules without interruption to the operations of the data center.
The modular data hall enclosure also features heavy insulation within the ceiling, floors and wall cavities, allowing the system to be located both internally and externally, regardless of climatic conditions and without significant impact on the operation of the facility.
Furthermore, the internal wall surfaces of the modular data hall shell is electrically conductive to release electro-static build-up that could potentially damage IT systems. The internal walls and ceiling are electrically isolated from the external skin of the data hall modules for additional EMI & RFI protection.
The Datapod data hall also incorporates anti-static flooring to form a contiguous span upon connection of the various data hall modules.
Modular data centers provide everything you would expect of a world class facility including fire detection and suppression. The Datapod System provides an integrated detection and gas fire suppression system. The modular system uses the VESDA LaserFocus control unit, with perforated detection pipes installed within the rear of each of the Inrow cooling units.
A Fire Indicator Panel is installed adjacent to the VESDA system inside the data hall with fire suppression provided by externally with inert gas fire suppressant cylinders, which are configured to discharge into the ‘hot-aisle’ of the rack configuration.
Components of the fire suppression are housed in a standardized modules in accordance with ISO-certifications for shipping containers with the fire-suppression modules connected to the main data hall as a contiguous part of the overall structure.
If you would like to know more about the other components that make up the Datapod modular data center system download the Datapod Components Guide or speak with a consultant today.
In this blog, we provide an insight into the white paper, with a look at the table of contents, as well as a look at the first two sections of the document.
DATA CENTER 2.0 ‘The Perfect Storm Has Arrived’
2.0 Where is the industry heading?
3.0 So what makes a Dater Center 2.0?
4.0 How the Datapod System compares
4.1 How can the Datapod System be applied?
4.2 Examples in action
4.2.1 Example one – The university sector
4.2.2 Example two – The mining sector
5.0 How the modular data center approach is resolving issues facing CIO’s
5.4 Colocation Option
5.6 Demand Spike
5.7 Fresh approach to a growing problem
6.0 Example customer requirement
7.0 Keeping it simple through streamlining
8.0 Ultimate design – The Datapod System’s modules
8.5 Connection Node
9.0 Anytime, anywhere
9.2 Extreme environments
9.3 Plug & play benefits
9.4 Less cost
9.5 Fast assembly quick to deploy
9.6 Better outcomes start with a quality data center
9.7 Carbon footprint reduction
10.0 Speak to Datapod
A combination of technological, economic and market factors have created an environment for unprecedented disruptive change and has created a ‘perfect storm’ where data centers need to be engineered and constructed in a fundamentally different way.
The new way is the creation of standardised modular data centers and this fundamental change is not a fad: rather a pathway to achieve better outcomes with fewer resources.
Datapod is at the forefront of this fundamental change and a leading provider of Data Center 2.0 (DC2.0) technology. The Datapod data center system is an innovative modular data center providing a complete site infrastructure solution as well as class-leading performance and efficiency.
The explosion of data generated and used by corporations, organisations, and individuals today places increasing demands on data centers, from space constraints to power usage, cooling loads, and physical security with many CIO’s questioned on the ability of their organisation to meet demands into the short and medium term.
This white paper provides an industry snapshot of how Data Center 2.0 modular Datapod technology can not only meet, but exceed the needs of customers into the medium and longer term through a standardised and scalable approach.
Where is the industry heading?
A recent article by Alex De Angelis from the website Companies and Markets indicates the modular data center market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 37.41% over the next five years, increasing from a valuation of $8.25 billion at the start of 2013, to hit a market value of $40.41 billion by 2018.
This projected growth is in the context of the financial crisis which jolted the global economy in 2008, the effects of which many of the world’s largest economies are still grappling. This means organisations need to do more with less.
According to Gartner Vice President David Cappuccio by 2016, 60% of new data centers will be smaller while supporting a 300% increased workload. In an interview with David Cappuccio by renowned data center industry writer Rich Miller on 10 December 2010, David said “You’ll be hearing a lot about modular designs from vendors, and from Gartner … the modular design approach just makes sense.”
Gartner’s focus on modular data centers is significant, given the research firm’s wide following in enterprise IT.
Numerous industry articles suggest the modular approach appeals to enterprise customers because of the focus on timely deployment and incremental expansion, which enables organisations to deploy capital gradually.
According to the Datacenter Dynamics 2012 Global Census, there has been a 63% growth in global data center power requirements causing most companies to prioritise the more efficient management of power and cooling costs.
About 40% of IT executives surveyed say that their organisations have taken steps toward making their data centers greener, and another 40% surveyed say they would like to go in this direction.
Datapod Director of Operations Adam Smith believes the data center industry has entered a period where modular data center solutions are becoming the ‘new normal’.
Mr Smith points to the Gartner Hype Cycle (see diagram 1.1) where he believes the Data Center 2.0 is now entering the ‘Plateau of Productivity’.
Mr Smith said, “The establishment of reference customers, factory tours and a growing body of evidence is providing customers with reliable and tangible data on which to base their future data center investment decisions.”
In addition to Mr Smith’s comments, the Datacenter Dynamics 2012 Global Census indicated, more than half of IT executives said they were actively considering or moving forward with server consolidation, blade deployment, virtualisation and outsourcing servers/storage, and installing more energy efficient equipment.
Enter the Datapod System and the innovative modular Data Center 2.0 approaches.
As this white paper will demonstrate we are now in a period where for the first time the modular Data Center 2.0 approaches can be deployed to solve any requirement.
White Paper Key Take Outs
Don’t delay adopting modular data center technology,
the ‘perfect storm’ has arrived and market acceptance
is increasing rapidly across all sectors.
The benefits of standardised components is
de-risking investment, driving down CAPEX and OPEX and delivering better environmental outcomes. Datapod has developed into a leading global provider of modular Data Center 2.0 technology with factories in Australia and global assembly networks, Datapod can deployed to most urban or remote locations on the planet.
Download the full version of the Datapod White Paper.
The ability to ‘right-size’, deploy faster, and scalability means the modular approach is turning conventional data center design on its head.
The modular data center design also simplifies the process. For example, a Datapod System can be designed using any number of different modules and in a number of different configurations, so the needs of the customer can be met.
Data center design can now begin by using an App, like the Datapod App available for Apple iPad from the Apple Store and is just one way modular data center makers are tapping into what research company Markets and Markets predicts will be a market worth $40 Billion by 2018.
The Datapod App lets customers configure their data center design according to a number of different criteria. Power, IT and cooling can be determined by selecting the requirements that meet the customer needs.
Part of the success of the Datapod modular data center design is the unique removable side-walls, and the cleverly designed waterproof joining mechanism that enables multiple ‘pods’ to be bayed together.
Customers can create a data center, as big or small as they wish, when they wish.
Another key to the successful data center design is the Connection Node.
The Connection Node is a ‘plant room in a box’, it contains all the connection points and services typically found in the plant room of a commercial building, including power, cooling, and data communications.
Extra redundancy can be built into the data center system, including backup generator and chillers to run the air-conditioning systems by deploying a Utilitypod, which feeds into the Connection Node.
It is this building block design that enables the entire system to be deployed in just days from a site becoming ready.
Data center design has never been so easy.
Just as leading car manufacturers and software developers release updated versions of their product, so to do the modular data center makers like Datapod.
The manufactured approach allows continuous advancements in design enabling users to realise the benefits of standardisation, manufacturing efficiencies and reduced time to deployment.
To learn more about the modular data center design download the Datapod White Paper.
Datapod’s continued excellence and dedication to modular data center quality has recently been reaffirmed by international certification company SAI Global.
SAI Global has recertified Datapod for the Quality ISO 9001:2008 standard and means Datapod’s management system has been certified to this standard. The certification includes the sale, manufacture, assembly and installation of modular containerized data centres and associated program or project management and maintenance services.
The Quality ISO 9001:2008 covers Quality Management Systems and is a welcome addition to Datapod’s certifications for Environment and OHS.
The Quality certification means Datapod can better meet the needs of international customers and better deliver their outcomes.
Datapod Occupational Health Safety and Quality Manager Shontelle Hellyer said, “The certification provides Datapod with a continuous path of development and improvement whilst demonstrating high levels of service and product. Quality of service and product is at the heart of everything we do at Datapod.”
“The certification means Datapod’s it is measured against a best practice standard and environmental impact is minimized. It gives our customers peace of mind and assures quality through their supply chain which in turn has many positive flow on effects for our customers,” Ms Hellyer added.
For more information about the Datapod System download the Components Guide.
Formed in 2007, Datapod addresses the needs of organisations wanting to maintain sovereignty over their data centers assets and manage them in-house.
Datapod recognises the benefits of an end-to-end modular ‘building-block’ approach to data center infrastructure.
The Datapod System has been designed over several build-generations enabling customers to realise the benefits of standardisation, manufacturing efficiencies and reduced time to deployment.
WHAT MAKES THE DATAPOD SYSTEM UNIQUE AMONG MODULAR DATA CENTER MANUFACTURERS?
Datapod offer a complete site-infrastructure solution built from ISO-standardized building blocks, including all supporting systems such as power and cooling modules, and fire suppression.
The scalable design of the Datapod module is innovative.
By incorporating a unique removable side-wall, and designing a waterproof joining mechanism, multiple ‘pods’ can be bayed together.
Customers can create a data center as big or small as they wish, when they wish.
The flexibility of this system now enables customers to tie their data center investments exactly to the expected business ROI, by investing in new capacity only when they need it.
Conversely, when organisations need to reduce their capacity over time the Datapod System enables customers to scale down and as well as providing lease options.
Datapod has released a white paper Data Center 2.0 ‘The perfect Storm Has Arrived’, click the button below to register and download your copy.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUY AND DEPLOY A DATAPOD DATA CENTER?
The Datapod System can be designed in minutes using the Datapod App.
The Datapod App will generate your configuration-specific purchase quote, and once ordered, the system can be built in 12-18 weeks. While installation on site can be complete within a few days.
Similarly, expansion of the system will take a similar time to complete.
WHERE CAN I INSTALL A MODULAR DATAPOD SYSTEM?
The Datapod System is designed for external deployment, but is equally at-home undercover or in a building or other urban location.
The site must be level, and capable of supporting the weight and point-load of the modular system.
Upon ordering a system, Datapod will attend site to conduct a site inspection and report on the suitability of the proposed site.
Remedial work may be recommended prior to the delivery of the Datapod System.
There are no climatic or environmental limitations to where a Datapod can be deployed, the Datapod System is lightning and cyclone proof and can operate in a wide variety of harsh climate zones.
CAN I EXTEND THE DATAPOD SYSTEM ONCE IT HAS BEEN INSTALLED?
Yes. By removing the side walls on the Starterpod and Expanderpods, additional Expanderpod(s) or an Endpod can be added.
During this process the system can remain operational – it is not necessary to shut down the Datapod System to expand.
HOW IS THE DATAPOD SYSTEM AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY DATA CENTER?
The Datapod System is designed within ISO-certified module dimensions for the purposes of tapping into the global freight and shipping industry, but that is where the similarities to the ubiquitous box end.
The modular design and the use of the award-winning APC InrowTM cooling systems means the waste heat from the racks is captured immediately by adjacent ‘in-row’ cooling units. Coupled with a Hot-Aisle-Containment system to ensure 100% of the exhaust heat is captured, making the Datapod System an energy efficient, environmentally friendly data center.
The all-weather proof Datapod achieves a low PUE with less energy required to cool the IT load on the inside. Better still the steel skin of the Datapod is recyclable when decommissioned.
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WHAT REDUNDANCY DOES THE DATAPOD OFFER?
The various Datapod units feature in-built Racks, UPS and Inrow cooling units, configurable to achieve a variety of redundancy levels.
Additional redundancy can be achieved by using dual-Starterpods, thereby doubling the UPS capacity and achieving a highly resilient 2(N+1) power system, as well as redundant cooling pipework for the N+1 InrowTM cooling units. All equipment racks within the Datapod range ship with dual/redundant rackmount PDU’s.
WHAT RACK DENSITY OPTIONS DOES THE DATAPOD COME IN?
The Datapod System can be deployed in a density configuration suited to the customers’ requirements and is hot-scalable once in the field. For example a Datapod System deployed with an average rack density of 7kW can be hot-scaled to 15kW per rack.
Likewise, a 15kW average rack density Datapod can be hot-scaled, to 30kW per rack without interruption to services.
WHAT SECURITY OPTIONS EXIST FOR THE DATAPOD?
The Datapod System itself is inherently secure, however security and monitoring enhancements can be selected. These include:
Physical security properties of a steel safe – upgradable to mil spec,
Provides the perfect faraday cage – signals and data shall remain secure even against EMP and evesdropping,
Internal and external cameras,
Enhanced door and lock (Bilock) options,
Prox-card and magnetic lock options,
Perimeter fence or wall (site specific, on request).
IS THE DATAPOD SYSTEM A REMOTELY MANAGED DATA CENTER THAT CAN BE MONITORED FROM VARIOUS LOCATIONS?
All Datapod Systems include our Integrated Monitoring and Control (IMCS) which is a ModBUS -based device management appliance and offering local and remote access to performance data of the entire system.
Furthermore, the IMCS system can extend to integrate into other client systems, and can be supplemented by a range of industry Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) packages for further pro-active analysis on the performance of system.
In today’s world, unfettered and uninterrupted access to data and applications is a mission-critical part of business.
As CIOs consider how to address their enterprise data center needs, the discussion often shifts between building a traditional data center customized to the c
ompany’s needs and specifications, or turning to an outsourced provider that might offer lower costs.
But those two options are not the only choices available to the CIO. Modular data center construction can fill the needs for many businesses.
To understand how, let’s walk through the 5 things CIO’s consider when they look for a data center:
Location. As is the case in real estate, the cost of a data center site depends in part on where it is located. In identifying potential data center locations, CIOs will consider the cost per square foot, as well as the access to cheap and reliable electricity. With the cost of power increasing, Martyn Boxall, who manages the Telefonica O2’s data center, told Computer Weekly that data center operators will look to move where the power is cheapest. That brings up the next thing that CIOs look for in a data center.
Cost. Electricity is typically the most expensive recurring expense of operating a data center. But the cost of power is not the only financial concern on the CIO’s mind. Moore’s law may be boosting the processing power of computer equipment, but corporate IT budgets do not grow exponentially. If the enterprise plans to build its own data center, the CIO must be aware of the costs of equipment and construction involved in traditional data center construction.
Customization. A company that builds its own data center can customize that facility to its own specific needs. But the drawback of that customization is expense, as well as the inevitable changing of business and data needs. Those changes can make it difficult to adjust if the company is already locked into infrastructure. That’s a tough problem when the enterprise steers into particularly rough economic waters. In tough times, the IT budget is often cut and the refresh cycle for equipment is extended, leaving the company sitting on antiquated hardware as Esther Shein explained in a recent article in Computerworld.
Business continuity. Any network downtime affects the ability of the enterprise to conduct business, and adds to cost. In business, time is money. The CIO needs to make sure that the rest of the enterprise can access needed information and applications on demand, and that there is redundancy in the event of any kind business interruption.
Scalability. A healthy business is a growing one. CIOs need IT infrastructure that can scale with that growth. But even the best business forecasts are at best, educated estimates. That can make it difficult to project the data capacity that the enterprise needs, as well as the cost of that IT spend.
The answer to many of the questions that CIOs have about data centers can be found in modular data center design. Businesses always look at the bottom line and cost is the first place where modular data centers stand out. According to research from DCD Intelligence, building a modular data center can cost up to 14 percent less than constructing a traditional data center of comparable capacity, when all costs are factored in.
The standardization of modular components means that the construction process can be conducted more quickly compared to traditional data center construction. Modular data centers are also easier to build. Converged infrastructure combines computing, storage and networking into a pool of shared resources that are implemented in a “plug-and-play” fashion, said Datapod Director Adam Smith. That means that this business critical infrastructure can be set up and operational in “hours or days, not weeks or months, as with traditional builds,” Mr Smith said. In addition to faster set up, modular data centers offer more energy-efficient operation.
The modular nature of the construction means that these centers are easily scalable. As an enterprise’s data needs change, these prefabricated components can be taken apart, assembled in a different configuration, or even moved to a different site. The ease of constructing new data center sites means that it’s easy to achieve the needed redundancy to ensure business continuity in the face of possible network interruptions. That’s what the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs is doing.
“If we have another disaster such as a major earthquake or tornado, and one of our data centers in the affected area fails, the disaster recovery center may not be able to handle the failover load for as long as it needs to,” the VA’s Christopher Shorter told FedTech Magazine. “We are investigating modular data centers as a way to handle that.”
Modular data centers give the enterprise a flexible way to grow as the enterprise’s business and data needs change. That ability to be nimble and change quickly will enable a company to be more responsive to its own customers. When a company can keep its attention on its own business rather than its IT infrastructure, it can focus on becoming a more successful and profitable business.
To learn more about the Datapod approach to modular data centers download our comprehensive Modular Data Center White Paper or pre-register for our upcoming Data Center Efficiency and Sustainability White Paper.
During the month of July modular data center maker, Datapod, opened their factory doors to allow industry representatives to have a close up look at the unique system.
IT Directors, Data Center Mangers and Project Officers from a number of industries were shown through a modular data center system that is ready for shipment.
The popular tours included a live power switching demonstration where the modular data center system switched from mains power to utility backup power, as well as testing UPS systems, and inspecting fire suppression infrastructure, hot and cold aisle containment systems and monitoring equipment.
The tour was conducted by Datapod Director Adam Smith and Services Manager Tracey Reid.
Adam Smith said, “The factory tours enable Datapod customers to come in and test drive their next data center, for IT executives it really is the equivalent of visiting a car dealer and taking a vehicle for a spin, to see how it handles.”
“Customers can see first-hand how the Lego design of the Datapod System can deliver a quality enterprise grade data center solution as well as being able to see the attention to detail in the design and construction. For some customers it really is an epiphany.”
A Representative from the Australian Government said, “The Datapod System is a state-of-the-art data center system. This tour was a chance to add clarity to what a modular data center solution can bring to the IT of a government department.”
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For more information about the Datapod System download the Datapod White Paper “Data center 2.0 the perfect storm has arrived”
Cooling is essential to an energy efficient data center.
Watch this video to see how Datapod maximizes data center cooling performance, energy efficiency and overall resilience of the cooling systems.
Green Grid recently published survey results on the use of natural or free cooling in data centers and the survey found that half of respondents are now using natural cooling to save on energy costs and 25% are considering adopting the free cooling data center methods in the future.
To learn more about the Datapod System download the Datapod Systems Guide.
When space for data center infrastructure is at a premium there is only one place to go and that is up and this is one way Datapod is helping customers in urban areas to overcome the challenges of high real estate values.
The modular nature of the Datapod System means capacity can be added to an existing configuration either horizontally or vertically.
This multi-dimensional flexibility means higher property costs associated with additional land purchases are avoided with the Datapod System stackable to a height of three units.
The ‘Datapod Stack’ design is a popular consideration for colocation as well as single user organisations, as floor space on individual levels can be sectioned off for a particular customer, or as fully integrated, single owned and managed facility.
For organisations using the single ownership and management model the facilities would feature a single data center infrastructure management (DCIM) package and would be deployed to show each level as a unique ‘room’ or location.
Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “The Datapod System is a truly multi-dimensional data center solution giving our customers unprecedented flexibility and scalability. The integrated and modular attributes of the system enable customers to make use of vertical space in a multi-story data center configuration.”
“A multi-story modular data center design is best suited to space constrained locations, such as cities like Singapore or Hong Kong where land-rents are prohibitively high making single-story deployments uncompetitive from a cost standpoint,” Mr Smith added.
The savings made on avoiding land purchases are in addition to the savings that can be made through scalability and leveraging from ‘pay as you go’ lease or buy model, as well as the savings associated with energy efficiency.
Datapod showed a multi-story modular data center design at a recent TEDxCanberra event.
For more information about the Datapod System download the Panduit Datapod case study.
This is the final post in our Datapod data center consultancy and services blog series.
In this blog post we look at the following Datapod services:
Integrated Systems Testing
On Site Support and Management
The Datapod Integrated Systems Testing service is a key part of an overall Datapod System and is an essential part of the scalable modular data center system.
During this service certified Datapod staff individually check every component of the complete functioning Datapod System, ensuring that all components operate correctly as an integrated data center.
This service provides the customer with the assurance that the Datapod System has been designed and built according to Datapod standards and specifications as well as contract conditions.
Datapod staff perform a number of processes and activities during the Datapod Start- Integrated Systems Testing service including but not limited to testing UPS, cooling, power, monitoring and fire prevention systems as well as running a number of other live tests.
The Datapod Integrated Systems Test is a compulsory service required for all Datapod installation projects.
Datapod Data Center On Site Support
Datapod also offers a number of ongoing support and maintenance services to ensure the longevity of the data center infrastructure.
Customers can tailor ongoing maintenance and support services to meet their ongoing needs and budget requirements, from remedial repairs to scheduled preventive maintenance as well as on ongoing management services.
On Site Remedial Services
authorized personnel are dispatched to provide repairs in the event of a problem. Parts, labour and travel costs (remote and major metro areas) are included.
Datapod offers three levels of on site service:
Immediate call out*
Next business day
(* Not available in some locations).
The immediate and four hour On Site Service is available on a 7×24 basis, including weekends and holidays. (Not available in all locations. Please consult with Datapod Manager for coverage in your area).
As part of the on site support services an annual preventive maintenance is scheduled at a time convenient to the customer and provides a comprehensive visual, environmental and electronic inspection of the Datapod System to ensure that components are performing to defined technical and environmental specifications.
The on site support service is included in any Datapod System component for a period of one year, extendable on an annual basis.
Datapod Camouflaging and Branding Service
Need to extend your brand to include your data center infrastructure or do you need a special camouflage?
Datapod offers a camouflaging and branding service as an optional extra to any pod deployment.
This service allows the customer to select a custom specific exterior paint service to hide or blend the data center system into its new environment.
Customers may choose from a traditional ‘battlefield’ multi-coloured camouflaging or design scheme to match their brand, workplace or campus environment.
Datapod Service Manager Tracey Reid said, “The customer is our main focus when it comes to service and meeting their needs. We work closely with our customers to ensure their data center asset is kept in its optimal condition and achieves the best possible performance.”
Contact Datapod to find out more about their ongoing maintenance and on site services.
Modular and containerized data centers are not new but there still can be confusion in the market place as to what is the difference is and what is the best solution.
Put simply both are good products depending on the customer’s needs.
Datapod’s award winning and innovative design means each data center solution is easily transportable and can be shipped and deployed to any populated location around the world.
Before we go further, it is important to note that although Datapod’s containerized and modular data center infrastructure may look like shipping containers, they in actual fact purpose built and engineered structures that have been designed to meet international shipping container dimensions.
Data Center Definitions: Containerized data center
A containerized data center is defined by industry research company, Markets and Markets, as a data center that comes in the form of a box or container in different size variants and contains all the basic functional data center modules including IT, data, power, cooling, and monitoring, assembled and integrated inside it. (Pictured right: A containerized data center deployed to a busy port in South East Asia).
Datapod offers a containerized data center or ‘in-a-box’ product and has been successfully deployed for a number of customers, who have either out grown their in-house data center room or who are looking to step up to a more efficient data center system.
In isolation the 10ft or 20ft containerized Datapod solution provides customers with a reliable a short to medium term data center solution, but unlike the modular data center product the containerized system is not scalable and offers customers less flexibility.
When purchased in volume the Datapod containerized data center solution can be deployed by any organisation requiring a ‘hub and spoke’ solution at strategic data nodes, such as a communications or campus network.
The features of a containerized data center include:
Compact 10ft or 20ft system
Fast deployment – 12-20 weeks from purchase order to deployment
Add value to ‘hub and spoke’ networks
Low cost – When compared to customer data center builds
Energy efficient – with more efficient cooling and energy consumption.
The modular data center system
Modular data center infrastructure
A modular data center is a system which has separate modules for each component of the data center system.
Specific modules for power, IT and cooling are all interchangeable and can be added to an existing system without the need for downtime. (Pictured right: An indoor modular data center deployment).
Datapod’s modular data center components are also purpose built to 20ft ISO container dimensions and offer customers a complete turnkey solution that can be factory tested before deployment – providing the customer with peace of mind and assured reliability.
The Datapod modular data center system consists of standardized components, and has the following features:
Cheaper and easier to build
Quick and easy to deploy and integrate/retrofit to any other data center
Compact awarding winning design
Provides options for future flexibility
Reduced deployment time
Reduced total cost of ownership
Datapod has successfully deployed both containerized and modular data center solutions for customers in a number of sectors including:
Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “It is easy for customers to become overwhelmed between containerized and modular solutions. The important thing for customers to remember is that modular data center systems are like the Lego set that can be extended as future capacity increases. And it is this scalability and flexibility that really adds value to our customers – buy or lease what you need now, and grow it as your demands change’.
The Datapod Assembly Service is a key part of an overall modular data center deployment and part of a other data center services offered by Datapod.
Once your Datapod System has been factory assembled and factory acceptance tested, with you in the factory, the system is then readied for transportation to the deployment site.
This Datapod Assembly Service is conducted by certified Datapod engineers who are specifically trained to quickly and efficiently assemble your Datapod System.
Furthermore, because Datapod engineers have worked with some of the world’s biggest brands in some of the world’s most hazardous locations means you can leverage from Datapod’s experience and ISO workplace certifications.
The result provides the customer with the assurance the data center system has been installed properly and to Datapod specifications.
This service is part of a complete suite of installation project services offered by Datapod.
The Datapod Installation Service includes:
EXTERNAL MECHANICAL CONNECTION SERVICE
The external mechanical connections service provides the customer with mechanical connection to the Utilitypod, third party chiller plant or base-building chilled water take-off point provided during the site preparation service. (link to site prep service page) The external mechanical connection service also includes pipe routing into Datapod system.
INTERNAL ELECTRICAL CONNECTION SERVICE
The internal electrical connection service provides the customer with electrical connection between the Datapod systems’, electrical connection sub-assembly (internal distribution board) and the internal three phase UPS. Cable routing between these two points will also be installed, and all connections tested and labelled – enabling activation and commissioning of the UPS system.
INTERNAL MECHANICAL CONNECTION SERVICE
The internal mechanical connections service provides the customer with mechanical connection of the chilled water supply to the distribution manifold within the Datapod System.
As a two-stage service, pipe routing from the mechanical input assembly on the Datapod System to the distribution manifold will be undertaken prior to deployment. Upon completion, the connection is pressure tested, and the pipework insulation installed. This final testing stage of the service is conducted onsite once the Datapod System has been fully connected.
Datapod customers have the option to assemble the containerized modular data center system using their own resources or contractor. However, all work undertaken using this method needs to be inspected by and be compliant with Datapod’s manufacturing specifications.
Datapod Services Manager Tracey Reid said, “Our Datapod Assembly Service really gives our customers peace of mind. They know our staff are certified and experienced and can carry out the work quickly and efficiently. This has major benefits to our customers. It means our customers can guarantee safety and compliance through their entire data center supply chain.”
It is important to note, the Installation Service is mandatory on all systems under lease arrangements.
For more information about the Datapod modular data center download our white paper.
Site preparation is critical to any deployment and Datapod provides this service as part of a full life cycle of data center management services.
Whether contained in a building or in and external environment each modular data center deployment poses a different set criteria that need to be met.
The Datapod Site Preparation Service provides a follow-up to the Installation Consultancy Service as mentioned in the first blog in the series, where the customer is presented with a proposed scope of works, along with a detailed quotation for the supply of the services required to prepare the proposed site in advance of delivery of the Datapod System.
Data center consultant: The Site Preparation Service
The Datapod Site Preparation service involves executing the site preparation component of the overall project plan and can involve the following:
Site levelling and where required, the organization of associated services to ensure the site can accommodate a Datapod System. This includes but is not limited to site surveys and engineer reports.
Provision of electrical and telecommunications services and the associated mechanical services.
Organisation of associated permits, applications and other provisions (if required).
The scalable and flexible nature of the Datapod System means like each modular data center configuration, each site maybe different also. For example the a roof top deployment in Singapore, would need to ensure existing building infrastructure is able to accommodate the size, weight and utility service requirements of the system, where as a remote deployment at a sensitive defense or mine location, may require fewer considerations.
Datapod provide the customer with the option of carrying out the work associated with the site preparation using their own resources or the option of contracting Datapod to carry out the work for them.
Datapod’s Data Center Services Manager Tracey Reid said, “We recognise that each customer is different and with a different set of capabilities, so if a customer is able to carry out site preparation in-house, we are happy to work with the customer’s site preparation team. Alternatively, where these resources are not available, this is where Datapod can add value to the project and ensure the site is ready for a Datapod deployment.”
It is important to note, because of the modular approach to construction and deployment, work on the construction of the modular data center and the preparation of the site can happen simultaneously.
This is one of the advantages of the system and a reason why the Datapod System can be deployed within weeks, instead of months or years.
Datapod offers a range of modular data center consultant services.
This blog series looks at each stage of a Datapod deployment and the associated services we offer and this blog specifically looks at the Installation Consultancy Service.
The data center consultancy services form part of the ‘lifecycle’ of services offered by Datapod and enable organisations to better plan, design, implement, deliver and maintain their critical data center infrastructure.
Modular data center installation and consultancy service
The Installation Consultancy Service is a key part of a Datapod deployment and the team is headed by Datapod Services Manager Tracey Reid.
This service ensures the Datapod System installation prerequisites are identified and appropriate measures and considerations are put in place for the project. Installation prerequisites may include assessment and review of:
Accessibility and planning for relevant service connects such as telecommunications, power, water
Development and implementation of contract considerations
Site suitability, including assessment of greenfield sites, load bearing provisions (in cases where the system is placed onto another structure – such as a building roof top or other building structure)
Safety and any other workplace, health and environmental factors that may potentially impact on the deployment of a system
Equipment required for the deployment
Climatic factors and identification of potential site and project impacts
Identification and confirmation of infrastructure mandatories
Development of a deployment plan and schedule
Future required capacity – will the Datapod System require additional modules into the future.
The Installation Consultancy Service means Datapod customers have considerably more control over project costs, schedule, and greater visibility when compared with a traditional custom data center builds and because the data center system is scalable costs and infrastructure can be spread across two or more budget periods.
Datapod Services Manager Tracey Reid said, “Our standardized approach to data center infrastructure means our customers have a higher degree of reliability through the entire project. The Installation Consultancy Service we offer lays the foundation for the entire project and like the modular data center system itself, we have standardized our internal processes and aligned them to customer outcomes so each stage of the project is quality controlled.”
The site Installation Consultancy Service team work directly with the customer’s project manager and the Datapod team work to the following international certifications:
In circumstances where the customer does not have a Project Manager, Datapod offers a Project Management service in addition to the Installation Consultancy Service. We will talk more specifically about this in a future blog – or click Datapod Consultancy Services information.
For more information about the Datapod Installation Consultancy Service or other services offered by Datapod contact the Datapod Services Manager.
For more information about the Datapod System down load our white paper.
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