Data center industry’s Model-T moment

Modular data center manufacturer, Datapod, is leading the way when it comes to data center standardisation and production with the approach being touted as the data center industry’s Model-T Ford moment and compared to the way that model changed the car industry.

With a number of modular data centers under construction in their two factories at any one time, Datapod produces a quality standardised modular data center with customers receiving the benefit of a short time to deployment and lower operating and capital costs.

Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “A modular solution takes the best ideas for design, reliability and efficiency and packages everything into a prefabricated, repeatable and operationally optimized modular data center system. This translates to an agile data center environment which is capable of scale. This really is the data center industry’s Model-T Ford moment.”

The Datapod modular data center incorporates a click-together engineering with a patented removable wall design. The production line approach delivers significant economies of scale which in turn provides customers with the benefits associated with repeatable, standardized modules.

Like never before, customers can more accurately match demand and scale infrastructure quickly.  Modules can be added when extra capacity is required or scaled down when infrastructure becomes obsolete.

The modular data center infrastructure has the added benefit of bringing the data center infrastructure into full control of the CIO and out of the realm of the Facilities Department. 

Faced with budgetary restraints and the weight of positioning their organisation to leverage from advances in technology, more CIO’s rely on Datapod to meet these challenges

Mr Smith adds, “The modular design, flexibility and quality of  our system means CIO’s can overcome current challenges and in some cases, leapfrog their competition. Better still, the deployment of a our System means customers can use advances in IT to drive the organisation instead of holding it back.” 

Datapod is a multi-award winning data center engineering company to find out more  simply download the White Paper.


Datapod’s modular data center: Chilled water and direct expansion cooling

This video from Datapod demonstrates the chilled water (CW) and direct expansion (DX) configurations in our modular data center system.

The video also shows how Datapod can achieve both designs as well as the versatility of the system with added modules creating the entry vestibule and storage areas.

The system’s CW configuration is better suited to a high density system, whereas the DX configuration is better suited to a low destiny.

NB: To achieve the same IT load as the CW system using a DX system, the DX system would require a larger construction foot print. To design your own modular data center system including choosing the type of cooling and density levels download the Datapod App.

The video also demonstrates the flexibility and scalability of the Datapod System.

If you would like to learn more about the Datapod System download the Datapod Components Guide.

To speak to a Datapod consultant visit our contact page.


Datapod data center energy efficiency and free cooling

This article on data center free cooling is a follow up to ENERGY EFFICIENT DATA CENTER: KEY FACTORS IN MODULAR EFFICIENCY published early this month on the Datapod Blog.

In this blog we take a look at free cooling and how it is used to improve data center efficiency.

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. 

In the Green Grid survey the average PUE of surveyed data centers using natural cooling was 1.56; the average for data centers not using natural cooling was 1.83.  This means that for each kilowatt of electricity used to power their IT equipment,   datacenter users that utilize free-cooling are using  on average 270 kilowatts LESS power than non-optimized datacenters

This is a significant difference and for  organisations with large IT infrastructure that difference would result in electricity cost savings of millions of dollars over the lifetime of those data centers as well as reduced water consumption and carbon emissions.

So what is free cooling and how does Datapod utilise this technology in the Datapod modular data center system?

Free cooling is defined by Wikipedia is an economical method of using low external air temperatures to assist in chilling water, which can then be used for industrial processes, or air conditioning systems.

When outdoor temperatures are lower relative to indoor temperatures the system utilizes the cool outdoor air as a free cooling source. As well as saving on energy, water and reducing carbon emissions, reliability is also improved as there are fewer components that are likely to fail.

There are three types main of free cooling:

  • Air-side free cooling, where outside air is brought into the data center directly through filters or indirectly through heat exchangers.
  • Adiabatic where the air is brought to a chamber and used along with water evaporation to cool the air.
  • Water-side free cooling, where additional cooling coils can be integrated into the air-cooled chillers to pre-cool the coolant before it reaches the compressor, reducing the amount of mechanical cooling required to meet load requirements.

The Datapod system utilises the latter – Water-side economisers which take advantage of a regions lower ambient air temperatures.

Cooling in the Datapod System is done within the Utilitypod. The Utilitypod can be configured to include a waterside economizer option that can be used in cooler climates to dramatically improve the overall energy efficiency of the cooling system.

The Datapod system is available in both DX (refrigerant gas) and Chilled Water variants, with the Chilled Water versions better suited to larger, higher IT density systems.  These systems work by drawing ambient air over the cooling coils of the air-cooled chillers with integrated economizers, which in turn cools the refrigerant waterglycol mix. 

This coolant is then  pumped into the Inrow Cooling Units  within the datahall.  The Inrow  Coolers draw the warmer exhaust air from the IT load in, and transfer the heat to the coolant  where it is then pumped back to the cooling coils of the chiller units, where it can be ejected to the atmosphere.  Within the datahall the Inrow Coolers push the cooled air out to the front of the IT systems where it is once again drawn in to provide cooling.

A modular Datapod data center operates like a server by drawing in highly filtered fresh air and matching air supply to IT demand, and then extracting the hot air from the central ‘hot-aisle’.

To take full advantage of free cooling a temperate or cold climate is ideal.  In many climates, data center managers can help reduce their cooling costs by also raising the set-point at which their IT systems are operating.  Under ASHRAE guidance, many datacenter managers are raising the temperature at which treated air is supplied to the datacenter to around 80˚F (27˚C), which means even less mechanical cooling is required, further reducing costs and carbon footprint, taking advantage of outside environmental conditions to cool IT equipment.

Datapod’s Utilitypod can also be used to augment existing data center infrastructure, such as existing bricks and mortar data center infrastructure or can be added to existing Datapod Systems as extra capacity is required. Like all Datapod System components the Utilitypods are factory made and tested before deployment.

Key take-a-ways of Datapod’s data center free cooling:

  • Significantly reduces energy consumption.
  • Significantly reduces water consumption
  • Significantly reduces carbon emissions
  • System scalability.

To find out more about the Datapod System speak to a consultant or download the Datapod White Paper.


Datapod data center construction featured in Panduit case study

Datapod’s world –leading approach to modular data center construction and deployment has been recognized in a new case study released by global partner Panduit.

The data center case study outlines the how Datapod and Panduit work together to deliver a world class modular data center and how Panduit’s range of quality high-density QuickNet™ copper and fiber optic cabling and other management systems are used by Datapod to deliver a factory constructed data center product.

Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “It is wonderful to work with a globally recognised company who understand our vision for quality and the goals we are trying to achieve in the modular data center industry. To be recognized by Panduit in this case study is a tangible result of Datapod’s dedication to quality and delivering excellent customer outcomes.”

 “We have worked with Panduit for a number of years now and we know that Panduit will continue to provide a quality solution, along with guidance and technological expertise to help us integrate new functionality to meet our customer’s changing needs. We have confidence in Panduit products and its people,” Mr Smith said.

Panduit is a trusted advisor who works with organisation to address the most critical business challenges within data center environments.

Panduit has a proven reputation for quality and technology leadership coupled with a robust  ecosystem of partners across the world enabling Panduit to deliver comprehensive solutions that unify physical infrastructure to help customers achieve their operational and financial goals.


Data center knowledge at the heart of two year safety record

Energy efficient data center manufacturer, Datapod, says data center knowledge is at the heart of their record on safety which this week celebrates two years without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).

Datapod is leading the way when it comes to safety in modular data center construction and the two years without any LTI’s covers the two factory locations as well as the locations to which Datapod deploys their data center infrastructure.

The result is even more impressive when you consider Datapod operates in  full-scale manufacturing facilities t and deploys their modular data centers to a variety of client types in locations all around the world.  Metro, suburban and rural/regional deployments each have individual challenges of which the  Datapod deployment teams need to be aware.

(Pictured Above: The  Datapod Deployment Team in full Hi-Viz Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on a remote deployment site.).

Datapod Director Adam Smith recently recognised the achievement saying it reflects Datapod’s commitment to safety.

Mr Smith said, ‘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 testament to our dedicated staff.”

The modular nature of the Datapod System means safety can be optimized during factory production by streamlining processes and by thorough onsite risk assessments, planning and a reduced time on site during the deployment phase.

“Datapod’s safety record means customers are guaranteed high levels of safety through their supply chain. Datapod works 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 Smith 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.

“Datapod continues to deliver against increasing safety expectations. We work to international safety standards and this means we are continually innovating and improving our workplace practices. For Datapod safety is part of the way we 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.

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Energy Efficient Data Center: Key factors in modular efficiency

Modular data center infrastructure has become synonymous with energy efficiency with companies like Facebook and Google incorporating a modular approach into delivering better and more energy efficient services than ever before.

But what is it about a modular data center that makes the system that makes it such a green data center solution.

The answer lies in the materials that are used and the way the system is designed and configured. This blog post focusses on data center cooling and the energy efficiency of the cooling used in the Datapod System. Specifically, this post discusses the internal design elements, and we’ll discuss the topic of geographical and climatic considerations (for example, economizers and free-air cooling) in the next blog in this series.

According to a study commissioned by the NY Times from Jonathan Koomey Ph.D. Stanford entitled, Growth in Data center electricity use 2005 to 2010, in 2010 the total electricity use by data centers accounted for about 1.3% of all electricity use for the world, and 2% of all electricity use for the US.

This combined with 30-60% of the energy costs in data centers being attributable to the cooling infrastructure means significant environment and economic saving can be made if cooling is made more efficient.

As computing equipment density increases more heat is being generated in data centers. Cooling and heat rejection equipment is used to collect and transport this unwanted heat energy to the outside atmosphere.  How we remove this heat is central to the enabling us to improve energy efficiency and to thereby lower  the operational costs of the data center.

Key factors in modular data center energy efficiency

The cooling of a modular data center is defined by three key factors beginning with the location of cooling units in proximity to the IT equipment, the method of heat removal and the method of air distribution.

The modular approach means essential cooling and power components are intrinsically located closer to IT equipment and feature an innovative design to deliver a more energy efficient outcome. The close proximity means inefficiencies and energy consumption is greatly reduced and is the single most important design factor making a data center more energy efficient.

Internally, cooling inefficiencies like air stratification, bypass air and re-circulation are eliminated through innovative modular design.  An example of this is the use of ‘close-coupled’ design of the Inrow cooling units.

The Inrow cooling operate not as a traditional cooling unit, but as a ‘heat-capture’ device.  By successfully capturing all heat exhausted by the IT racks into the hot-aisle, the Inrow cooling units ensure that the remainder of the data hall remains at the ambient temperature.  The ambient temperature is the supply temperature for the IT equipment. The Inrow cooling units can use a number of cooling methods depending on the density of the data center, including chilled water, a refrigerant or condensed water, all of which enable operation in a contained environment with both a ‘group’ and ‘individual’ operating mode.

The modular nature of the Datapod System also means the data hall can be configured as one contiguous array of racks positioned back-to-back and separated by Inrow cooling units where necessary. This configuration allows for an optimal airflow and with sealed insulated entry into the central aisle (hot aisle) and assures segregation of hot (exhaust) air and cool (supply) air. 

Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Systems

Datapod use a Hot-Aisle Containment System (HACS) to improve the efficiency of the cooling systems by close-coupling the heat-capture to the source of the heat. The Datapod goes one step further to further boost energy efficiency by effectively creating a Cold-Aisle Containment System (CACS) which further improves efficiency outcomes.

The pairing of these two approaches has created a more efficient design, as heat dissipated by the IT systems can be effectively ‘captured’, whilst the cool air created is efficiently channelled to where it is needed enabling the data center operator to run racks at up to thirty five kilowatts each compared to the very low densities typical of traditional data centers.

According to Datacenter Dynamics in their article ‘The evolution of design and data center cooling, more efficient cooling can significantly reduce energy spending.

In the article author John Collins says  legacy cooling schemes typically chill return air to 55ºF/12.78ºC while Containment-based cooling systems completely isolate return air, however, so they can safely deliver supply air at 65ºF/18.34ºC or higher. As a result, containment cooling strategies typically reduce Computer Room Cooling Air Conditioning (CRAC) unit power consumption by an average of 16%.

If you would like more information about the Datapod System download the Datapod Components Guide.


Modular Data Center solution for Australian data retention laws

The Australian Government is pressing ahead with metadata retention laws similar to those introduced by the United Kingdom last year and Datapod is poised to be a key solution.

The result of the new laws will mean more investment will be required to allow for the retention of metadata for a two-year period.

There has been speculation regarding the costs of retaining metadata and the possible effects it could have on the operations of telecommunications organisations as well as the end consumer.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has been advised the cost will be about $300m.

With the expected infrastructure costs expected to be in the hundreds of millions, Datapod is poised to offer a scalable, flexible that is also a cost effective data centre solution, with the added bonus of being a local Australian company. In addition, the Datapod System can be deployed within a much reduced time frame and could be used to assist organisations adopt quickly to the new laws. (View a time lapse video of a 72 hour deployment.)

The scalable nature of the modular data centre system also means costs can be spread over an extended period, for example instead of building a bricks and mortar facility for a higher cost and from one budget, a modular system can be deployed and added to over a number of years and from more than one budget period.

Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “With the proposed introduction of the new metadata retention laws, Datapod would be ready to deliver modular data centre solutions to the telecommunications sector.”

“Datapod is experienced and we have delivered data centre solutions for a number of high profile international companies and we would welcome the opportunity to offer cost effective solutions in the local Australian market so telecommunications companies can adapt quickly to these new laws – should they be introduced,” added Mr Smith.

Importantly, Datapod is a trusted supplier of modular data centre infrastructure. Recently, the Department of Finance appointed Datapod to the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel and can be considered by Australian Government Departments and Agencies for the provision of data centre facilities and associated infrastructure as well as being ISO certified for Quality, Environment Management Systems and Occupational Health and Safety.


Survey shows modular data centers key to future strategy

An overwhelming majority of CIO’s and executives responsible for data center infrastructure have indicated that modular data centers are part of their data center strategy in a recent Datapod survey.

This startling insight was one of many marketing insights found in the recent annual Datapod Survey which looks into data center uptake and the drivers behind the data center industry.

Datapod Marketing and Communications Manager Gordon Watson said, “The survey is an important tool for us to measure and analyse customer feedback and sentiment. The survey has reinforced a number of assumptions we have made from analysing other research and data we have in house and paints a very exciting future for the modular data center industry.”

Mr Watson adds, “It looks like 2014 was a watershed year for modular data centers. With the likes of Google and Facebook now openly using a form of modular data centers for their service delivery, with modular data centers now well and truly accepted as a reliable form of data center infrastructure.”

This rang true in the Datapod survey with over 60% of respondents stating a modular data center was part of their data center strategy and with another 28.1% saying it ‘maybe’ part of their strategy moving forward.

Mr Watson said the reason there has been a ground swell in the number of organisations making decision to include modular data centers in their strategy is because the infrastructure is helping organisations meet their biggest challenges.

The Datapod survey indicated the biggest challenges facing an organisations data center strategy are controlling costs and stagnating budgets, reliability, as well as environmental impacts and considerations. The Datapod findings are similar to those published earlier this week by leading online publication Search Data Center which suggests 59% per cent of respondents were expecting their budget to remain the same or increase slightly on the previous year.

The survey also revealed, on average, Data Center Executives are expecting to turnover or update their data center every seven years, with a number of respondents nominating three years.

Mr Watson said, “It is much more clear that data center executives are shortening their planning cycles and this is a reflection of industry game changing technologies combined with the relentless surge in customer driven applications requiring organisations to have even more agile ways to managing data.”

Datapod continues to be at the forefront of modular data center technology.

To learn more about modular data centers visit the Datapod Resources webpage. The Resources webpage is home to helpful videos, documents, capability statements, the popular modular data center blog plus much more.


Two stage modular data center deployment

Datapod: Two Stage Modular Data Center Deployment from Datapod on Vimeo.

This 3D video shows a fly through of a new proposed facility in the United States.

The video illustrates a ‘two stage’ deployment where the original modular data center system is deployed and commissioned with the extra capacity added 24 months later in stage two.

Importantly, as stage two is added to the original Datapod System, the modular data center remains in operation and does not require downtime to add the stage two modules.

The video also shows the layout and plans for the two data halls with both data halls featuring dual hot aisle access and fire suppression systems.

The Datapod System also features two modules in the center of the system used as an NOC (network operations center) for the data center staff as well as the a mandatory Connection Node, where all services, including power and communications enter the system.

For built in redundancy each stage of the Datapod System contains a Utilitypod. The Utilitypod provides backup power should mains power to the data center fail.


Datapod employee reaching for the clouds

Datapod Marketing and Communications Manager Gordon Watson will be reaching for the clouds in the Skypoint Sea to Sky Q1 Stair Challenge on 22 February 2015.

The Skypoint Sea to Sky Stair Challenge is one of Australia’s toughest stair climb challenges with participants scaling 77 floors or 1820 steps up Australia’s tallest residential building, with the winner completing the challenge in the quickest time.

Datapod is renowned internationally for their modular data center infrastructure and provisioning private cloud platforms for their customers, however this time Gordon is reaching for a cloud of a different kind and all to raise money for homeless services organisation Rosies Friends on the Streets.

Mr Watson said, “The winners are expected to complete the course in around seven minutes, however, my goal is to come in under 15 minutes in what will be my first stair climb challenge.”

Participants are also encouraged to raise money for the local Rosies Friends on the Streets charity. Rosies provide services to people currently experiencing homelessness.

Gordon adds, “I am encouraging my friends and family to make a donation – whether it is small or large all donations will be very welcome, especially by those currently experiencing homelessness on Australia’s Gold Coast.”

Donations can be made to Gordon’s effort at charity fundraising website Everyday Hero

Gordon said part of his training is stair climbing at his favourite beach.

“The stairs at Currumbin are a great spot to train, the stunning scenery helps divert the mind and takes away the burning pain.” Gordon said.

Gordon Watson looking a little dishevelled after a training session at Currumbin Stairs.

Learn more about Datapod’s modular data center infrastructure and private cloud solutions.

For more information about Skypoint Sea to Sky Stair Challenge 2015. 

Pictured top right: Gordon looking a little dishevelled after a training session at Currumbin Stairs.


Fire prevention and suppression inherent in data center design

A recent arson scare in Denmark has reminded data center and facilities managers around the world of the importance of fire suppression and fire proofing in data center design.

As reported in Datacenter Dynamics on 3 February 2015 a Danish firm suffered an arson attack where criminals used accelerants to set the facility on fire.

Fire can be catastrophic and thankfully in the Danish case, the main IT equipment was saved from the fire because of fire suppression protocols, and acts as a timely reminder to review what levels of class leading fire suppression and proofing are available to Datapod customers.

Safety and efficient design is at the heart of the modular Datapod System and features both internal and external factors that either act to fire proof or mitigate against the chance of a fire incident.

Typically, the IT equipment contained in a Datapod System is protected by an outside shell made from mild steel, which can be upgraded to a level for enhanced ballistic protection if required. The Datapod System is built to an ISO-standard form factor and features 110mm of high density fire resistant insulation with a stainless steel interior. The integration of fire resistant design is standard across all Datapod Systems.

For customers in hazard environments where protection of fire originating externally to the data center, Datapod offers extra protection via a high density 100mm fireproof insulation panel system that is fitted to the exterior of the Datapod System once assembled onsite. Tests have shown, this added protection enables the interior of the Datapod System to be protected from fire and has proven to provide compliancy to the North American UL2079 standard and Australian Standard AS1570(d).

Internally, the Datapod System features an inert gas fire suppression system.  Comprised of naturally occurring elements, these ‘clean agents’ present no danger to electronics, hardware or human occupants. The systems extinguish a fire by discharging into the ‘hot-aisle’ of the rack configuration,

quickly flooding the area to be protected and effectively diluting the oxygen level to about 13–15%. Combustion requires at least 16% oxygen. The Datapod fire suppression system is activated by an asipirating smoke detector such as a VESDA system, with a second confirmation trigger by an optical sensor to prevent an accidental discharge.  This type of automatic gas suppression system will automatically extinguish a fire without the need of human intervention, yet enable the IT systems to restart when safe to do so.

A Fire Indicator Panel is installed adjacent to the VESDA system inside the Datapod System’s control room.  The fire suppression medium is housed externally to enable regular servicing without the need for access to the data hall. External components of the fire suppression system are fully housed in a standardised module constructed in accordance with ISO-certifications for shipping containers.  The fire-suppression sub-assembly is manufactured and tested as a discreet module and then connected to the main data hall as a contiguous part of the overall structure.

Once the fire has been detected the control equipment alerts the operators locally through sounders and visual indicators as well as to the wider building users through interfaces into the main fire alarm system. 

The Datapod data-hall also incorporates an Emergency Power Off button (EPO) to enable the immediate and total shutdown of the mains and UPS power and is connected to the fire indicator panel for remote and automatic operation via the fire detection/suppression system. 

The EPO switch is a highly visible and unique switch, fitted with a safety cover, and indicator to clearly show when the switch has been activated. 

Datapod has safety at the heart of their modular data center design so staff and infrastructure have the best mitigation protocols in place.

For more questions about Datapod’s fire suppression techniques simply contact us.


Data center certifications deliver better outcomes

Datapod has successfully completed a surveillance audit  for Environment Management Systems ISO 14001 and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems ISO 4801 with SAI Global.

SAI conduct yearly surveillance audits to ensure Datapod is achieving the ISO standards with a recertification occurring every three years.

The ISO certifications help Datapod to implement, maintain and improve management systems and enable Datapod to deliver better outcomes for their staff and for their customers.

Each certification applies to the following scope:

  • Sales, 
  • Manufacture, 
  • Assembly, 
  • Installation of modular containerized data centers and associated program/project management and maintenance services.

Datapod Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator Shontelle Hellyer said, “The completion of the surveillance audit of the ISO 4801 and ISO 14001 means Datapod is performing at a high level. Better still, our processes and systems include sub-contractors which allow to Datapod add value right through our customer’s supply chain. It also means we have a team who take safety and the environment seriously.”

Through the ISO certifications Datapod:

  • Reduces risk and liability,
  • Improves employee morale and performance,
  • Enhances the reputation as a safe and reliable partner, contractor or supplier
  • Significantly reduces costs associated with injuries,
  • Datapod can better meet the needs of international customers and better deliver their outcomes,
  • Provides Datapod with a continuous path of development and improvement which provides a more efficient allocation of resources and better company performance.

Datapod’s continuous path of improvement is set to include Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD) and App technology to monitor, maintain and report safety and other activities, including risk assessments associated with site deployments.

In related news read how Datapod recently reached 600 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTE).


Safety first for leading modular data center company

Modular data center company, Datapod, has racked up 600 days without a lost time injury (LTI) and continues a path of dedication to safety.

The 600 days without an LTI covers the two manufacturing operations in Australia, as well as the locations to which the Datapod team deploy the leading edge modular data center infrastructure, including remote and urban locations around the world.

The result is even more impressive when you consider Datapod operates in a factory environment and deploys modular data centers to some of remotest and dangerous working environments, including mine sites and other sensitive locations.

Datapod Managing Director Scott Carr recently recognised the achievement with staff associated in the manufacturing, deployment and through-life servicing of Datapod Systems in the field.

“This outstanding achievement reflects the commitment, the behaviours and culture of a workforce, that has safety at the heart of their work environment,” Mr Carr said.

The standardisation of the Datapod data center system also means Datapod takes significantly less time on site, further reducing the risk of workplace accidents.

“Datapod’s safety record means customers can guarantee high levels of certified safety standards through their data center supply chain.The modular nature of the Datapod System means processes can be streamlined and made safer on a continuing basis.  This gives Datapod and our customers a massive advantage.” said Mr Carr. 

Datapod Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment Manager Shontelle Hellyer believes this result raises the safety standard at Datapod to new levels and cements Datapod’s commitment to social responsibility.

“Datapod continues to deliver against increasing safety expectations. We are continually innovating and improving our workplace practices. For Datapod it is about continually meeting and then exceeding staff and customer outcomes,” said Ms Hellyer.

Datapod’s internal management systems and processes have continually matured since the company was established and continues to be an ISO certified trusted leader in safety in the modular industry.


Modular data centre manufacturer finalist in 52nd Australian Export Awards

Modular data centre infrastructure manufacturer, Datapod, is a national finalist in the prestigious 52nd Australian Export Awards.

The Australian Export Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s leading exporting companies from each state and territory across 12 categories.

Datapod is a finalist in the manufacturing category and Datapod Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr is thrilled by the achievement.

Mr Carr says, “It is a huge honour for Datapod to be finalist in the 52nd Australian Export Awards. The Datapod System is leading the way in modular data centre infrastructure and this recognition is confirmation we have the right people and processes in place for continued success.” 

The Datapod System is a set of pre-manufactured infrastructure modules that combine to create a complete end-to-end data centre facility – at a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time that it would normally take to construct such a facility.

This pre-manufactured approach Datapod has been recognised domestically with an Australian Design Award and internationally with increasing exports to Asia, Europe and North America.

For more information about Datapod and the modular data centre approach.


Data centre manufacturer wins 2014 export award

Courtsey of @ACT_Exporters on Twitter pictured right: Category winners from the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.

Data centre manufacturer, Datapod, has won the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Award in the Manufacturing category.

The ACT Deputy Chief Minister Mr Andrew Barr MLC presented Datapod with the award at today’s annual award ceremony at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are the Territory and region’s most prestigious awards for exporters and it is the second time the modular data centre manufacturer has been a winner at the awards after winning the Small to Medium Manufacturing Award Category in 2012.

Datapod Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr is honoured by the announcement.

Mr Carr says, “It is a huge honour for Datapod to be announced as a winner in the Chief Minister’s Export awards. Canberra and the surrounding region has, for a long time, been a hotbed for innovation in Australia and to be mentioned in the same breath as those at today’s presentation is a privilege and to win is an absolute honour.” 

The Datapod System is a set of pre-manufactured infrastructure modules that combine to create a complete end-to-end data centre facility – at a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time that it would normally take to construct such a facility.

This pre-manufactured approach Datapod has been recognised domestically with an Australian Design Award and internationally with increasing exports to Asia, Europe and North America.

Category winners in the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards (except for the ACT Exporting Government Solutions; Exporting to Asia and ACT Emerging Exporter Categories) go on to compete as finalists in the 2014 Australian Export Awards which will be held in Sydney on 27 November 2014.

For more information about Datapod and the modular data centre approach.


Images and video from modular data centre Datapod TEDx Adventure

Modular Data Centre manufacturer, Datapod, hosted at TEDxCanberra Adventure on Friday 3 October.

It was the first time a TEDx Adventure was held in Australia and enabled adventurers to take a behind the scenes look at the energy and water efficient data center solution.

Courtesy of Instagram, Datapod turned one of the Datapods into a ‘gallery’ to show TEDxCanberra Adventurers the time line of events before a Datapod System is deployed to site. Adventurers could also scan the QR Code to see first hand a time-lapse of a 72 hour site deployment.
Roslyn Walker from TEDxCanberra welcomes guests and gave a welcome to country at the Adventure. The Adventure was booked out and featured Canberra locals, students, and people from the IT industry. The image appears courtesy of Instagram
Datapod Director Adam Smith took a group on a tour of a Datapod System which is being assembled for deployment in Washington D.C.
Datapod Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr took a group on a tour of the Datapod factory. Scott took questions from the audience including questions relating to the Datapod’s ‘zero water consumption’ efficiency and sustainability.
Datapod Director Adam Smith takes final questions from the TEDxCanberra Adventurers.
Pictured from left to  right, Scott Carr, TEDxCanberra Representatives Roslyn Walker and Merlin Kong and Datapod’s Adam Smith.
Some great feedback from some of the Datapod TEDxCanberra Adventurers.

TEDxAdventures Canberra are taking place alongside TEDxCanberra 2014, from 1 to 10 October this year.

TEDxAdventures are an opportunity to further enrich your TEDxCanberra experience by taking part in on-site and hands-on interactive experiences to explore what we’re referring to as Ideas in action.

Adventures are free and open to the public (with limited spaces) – you don’t need to be coming to TEDxCanberra itself. 

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New levels of data center efficiency and sustainability

Technology now touches every corner of our lives. Whether you are a business with millions of customers around the globe or a person using a device to access online applications you are directly or indirectly relying on data center infrastructure to make interactions online.

This reliance comes at a cost and the cost is not only financial. There is increasingly an environmental cost and that is where Datapod is revolutionizing the way data center infrastructure is designed and deployed.

So what makes a Datapod data center so sustainable?

It begins with Datapod’s zero consumption of water. A traditional 15-megawatt data centre can use up to 1.3 megalitres of water per day, while Datapod can manufacture an enterprise grade data centre that has zero water consumption.

The Datapod System’s design can be configured for optimum energy efficiency.

This includes Infrastructure modules that can be deployed as required and at the right size to ensure optimum operating performance.  This also includes water side economizers combined with patented technology for recuperation of waste heat from servers to significantly reduce power consumption in the chiller system. 

Add to this close-coupled cooling which delivers cooling precisely to where it is needed and an air containment system which further increases the efficiency of Datapod’s heat exchangers and you have an  energy efficiency solution that can be factory tested before deployment.

As mentioned in the Datapod White Paper, the modular solution also uses recycled steel.  The use of recycled steel enclosures makes better use of natural resources and has less embodied energy compared to concrete buildings.  

Better still, Datapod’s efficient design and manufacturing techniques optimise the amount of materials and other resources that are consumed in construction without substituting quality.

The Datapod System is also relocatable and adaptable to changing requirements so it is easily repurposed rather than requiring demolition like ‘old fashioned’ brick and mortar infrastructure.

The sustainability of the Datapod System enables CIO’S and other IT professionals to take the lead in the boardroom and executive suite and drive an organisation’s sustainability strategy to what is being termed as a Net Zero Efficiency.

For more about Datapod and the system’s efficiency and sustainability pre-register for the Datapod Data Center Efficiency and Sustainability White Paper.


Datapod announced as finalist in export awards

Innovative IT firm Datapod has been announced as a finalist in the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.

It is the second time the modular data centre manufacturer has been a finalist in the awards after winning the Small to Medium Manufacturing Award Category in 2012.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are the Territory and Region’s most prestigious awards for exporters and Datapod Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr is thrilled with the announcement.

Mr Carr says, “The Chief Minister’s Export Awards showcase and celebrate the ACT’s top exporters. The ACT is a hotbed for innovation in Australia and the region is home to some of the most exciting opportunities in Australia and globally. For Datapod this is recognition that we have the right processes and structures in place and is a solid foundation from which to build future export growth.” 

Category winners in the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards (except for the ACT Exporting Government Solutions; Exporting to Asia and ACT Emerging Exporter Categories) go on to compete as finalists in the Australian Export Awards which will be held in Sydney late November 2014.

For more information about Datapod and the modular data centre approach.

For more information about the Australian Export Awards.


Datapod Manager to run for unemployed youth

“If running 104km for a charity seems like a crazy thing to do, it’s nothing compared to running 2,000km.”

That is what Datapod Marketing and Communications Manager Gordon Watson said today when he spoke about taking part in the final legs of the first Barrier Reef to Border Charity Run.

Mr Watson will be running 104km from South Bank in Brisbane to Palm Beach on Australia’s Gold Coast to help raise awareness and money for initiatives relating to providing opportunities to unemployed youth.

Gordon’s run leg is part of a much bigger run by passionate Gold Coast business man, and his good friend, Darren Mackintosh.

The Barrier Reef to Border Charity Run starts in Cairns on 14 September and is planned to conclude on the Gold Coast in early November. Mr Mackintosh will cover 2,000km as he runs from Cairns in North Queensland to the Gold Coast.

Mr Watson said, “I am completely inspired by Darren, his complete focus and dedication to this initiative is positively contagious. His run goes through many regions in Queensland where although the scenery is the best in the world, there are large numbers of disengaged youth and high youth unemployment.”

“Darren’s run is designed to inspire and connect the community around the issue of youth unemployment, so we can solve the problem together,” added Mr Watson.

Mr Mackintosh is hoping to raise $250,000 for the Tackle Youth Unemployment Charity.

For more information about the run visit‪ and to follow the progress of the run use the #‎BR2B on Twitter and other social media platforms.

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Media Contact
Tackle Youth Unemployment
Donna Kerr
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Datapod Director provides insight into Export Awards

Director and Chief Architect of modular data centre manufacturer Datapod, Scott Carr, provides an insight into the advantages of entering the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.

Datapod was a 2012 winner in the Small to Medium Manufacturing category and entries for the awards close on 22 August 2014.

Winners of the 2014 ACT Chief Ministers Export Awards will go onto represent the region at the national awards later this year.

For more information about the awards visit