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Datapod Adventure to be included in TEDxCanberra event

Revolutionary modular data centre manufacturer Datapod will host a TEDxAdventure in Canberra this coming October.

Datapod Directors Scott Carr and Adam Smith (pictured right) are excited about the collaboration with one of the world’s most innovative platforms.

Mr Carr (pictured right) said, “We are thrilled to be part of TedXCanberra this coming October. Our innovative approach to modular data centre manufacturing is being compared to the way Henry Ford revolutionised the transport industry”.

Mr Smith (pictured left) added, “This TedX Adventure will provide visitors with a first-hand look at world’s best practice in energy efficient data centre design and how we are helping organisations around the world cut their data centre emissions.”

TEDxAdventures Canberra will take place alongside TEDxCanberra 2014, from 1 to 10 October this year.

Details of the Datapod TEDxAdventure will be released on 30 August 2014 when registration for TEDxCanberra 2014 opens.  Adventures are free and open to the public, with limited spaces. Subscribe to TEDxCanberra for early access www.tedxcanberra.org

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Carr win drives innovation in data center industry

Datapod Managing Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr was announced as the winner of the Eastern Region EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014 – Technology Category, at a gala event in Sydney overnight.

Mr Carr joined other outstanding entrepreneurs from across New South Wales and ACT and will now represent the region at the upcoming National Awards to be held in November this year.

An engineer by trade, Mr Carr knew there had to be a better way of addressing the high costs and risks associated with traditional data center construction. As a result Mr Carr established Datapod in 2007 and began manufacturing scalable modular data centers for worldwide application. Datapod now provides modular data center infrastructure to support advanced cloud computing environments and exports to Northern America, the Asia Pacific and Europe with other geographic markets to come online in the next 18 months.

Mr Carr compares the modularization of the data center market to how Henry Ford standardized the car industry. This standardization allows Datapod to provide data center infrastructure that is more affordable, more energy efficient and drives better outcomes for our customers. The Datapod System allows for rapid deployment as it is shipped to site fully completed, tested and ready for operation.

Mr Carr said, “You could say we are becoming the CIO’s best friend.”

In recent industry research the global modular data center market is expected to grow to $40.41 billion by 2018, at an estimated CAGR of 37.41% from 2013 to 2018 on the back of technology becoming more ubiquitous and the need for more scalable and flexible data center infrastructure.

Mr Carr said, “This announcement was somewhat of a surprise. To be mentioned in such an elite field of entrepreneurs is an achievement, but to win and now represent the region at the National Awards is an absolute honour.”

Other winners from the Eastern Region 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards included:

  • Alec Lynch – Designcrowd.com – Emerging Category
  • Margo Ward – KidsXpress – Social Category
  • Scott Carr – Datapod – Technology Category
  • Philip Jackson – Sportstec Limited  – Services Category
  • Peter Freedman – Rode Microphones – Industry Category

Further information about the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program can be found at ey.com/au /eoy and for information about Datapod visit www.datapod.com

About EY Entrepreneur of the Year

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year program, launched in Australia in 2001, is one of the country’s leading business awards programs. It has so far recognised over 1,200 leading Australians for their entrepreneurial business success and each year, through its global program, acknowledges thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide. Founded and produced by EY, the program in Australia is sponsored by Commonwealth Bank (Principal sponsor), Qantas (Sponsor) and Austrade (Supporter).

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Modular data center manufacturer raises safety bar

Datapod has achieved 500 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).

It reached this milestone on 5 August  2014 and marks a continuing path of dedication to safety by the company.

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

“Safety is the central focus to everything we do at Datapod and the work of our Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management group continues to lift the bar and forge new boundaries,” said Mr Carr.

“This is an outstanding result, especially when you consider some of the more difficult locations where we’ve deployed the Datapod System around the world” added Mr Carr.

The modular nature of the Datapod data center system means processes can be streamlined and made safer because of the factory environment and Datapod Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment Manager Shontelle Hellyer said these processes are continually reviewed to ensure industry best practice. 

Ms Hellyer said, “Maintenance of the safe working environment wherever we operate is more than a key priority. OHSE is a lead agenda item at every meeting every day throughout the company from Board level down and the 500 day milestone is a result of this priority.”

 “Our people often work in hazardous environments, in the resources and oil and gas sectors and we have just had a team return from Mount Whaleback in remote North West Australia. Companies operating in these sectors and in particular the major engineering entities that manage the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of major projects require their contractors to have advanced systems in place that are compliant with the highest standards in terms of safety, quality and the environment. Datapod ticks all these boxes and in doing so we provide our customers with confidence and peace of mind,” added Ms Hellyer.

Datapod is certified for:

ISO 9001 - Quality
ISO 14001 - Environment
ISO AS4801 Health and Safety
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DATAPOD USA PARTNERSHIP TO DELIVER WASHINGTON DATA CENTER

Datapod USA is proud to team with North American partner Universal Networking Services (UNS) to deliver the Datapod data center System for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).

Earlier this year, WSSC named Datapod USA as the successful tenderer to build and deploy their new data center facility on the outskirts of Washington DC.

The WSSC project requires Datapod USA to provide a 200kW data center System that can be scaled up to and beyond 1 MW over time.

The modular Datapod System represents a new approach to providing data center infrastructure allowing extra pods to be added to the data center as future capacity is required.

Datapod USA CEO Adam Smith is delighted with the partnership with UNS.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Datapod and we are very proud to be providing data center infrastructure for one of the United States largest utilities with our valued North American Partners UNS. Leveraging from the experience and knowledge of UNS will add to the success of this project,” said Mr Smith.

The 200kW data center solution equates to a four pod modular system and will be ready for operation months earlier, when compared to a traditional custom-built approach to data center construction. 

The Datapod System will enable WSSC to fully manage its own asset and to provide supporting infrastructure such as power, cooling and fire suppression. The Datapod System also provides electrical power feeds, uninterruptible power supply and generator backup.

“From inside, the Datapod System looks like most enterprise grade data centers featuring optimized racks and hot aisle configurations.  The Datapod System also features a patented design that provides us with a strategic advantage,” added Mr Smith.

The tender process attracted bids from several international companies, with Datapod’s technical superiority, experience, speed to deployment, and completeness of the end to end solution leading to the tender win.

WSSC provides water and waste water services to approximately 1.8 million residents around Washington DC and their new Datapod facility is tipped to become an industry leader and will create new opportunities for the organisation by extending WSSC’s position as an advanced user of IT systems. 

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Datapod appointed to Australian Government Panel

The Department of Finance has appointed modular data centre infrastructure provider, Datapod, to the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel.

The appointment will take effect from 30 June 2014.

The appointment means Datapod can now be considered by Australian Government Departments and Agencies for the provision of data centre facilities and associated infrastructure.

This is significant news for Datapod which exports modular data centre infrastructure to Europe, North America and South East Asia.

Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “This appointment demonstrates our ability to meet a broad range of government agency needs in the data centre facilities field. Datapod is the only flexible modular offering on the list of panel providers which until now could only offer fixed infrastructure solutions.”

By adding Datapod to the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel, Australian Government Departments for the first time can also source and buy their data centre infrastructure instead of just purchasing capacity in a 3rd party data centre.

“The appointment of Datapod to the Finance Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel will enable the Federal Government to become more nimble and flexible with the implementation of future data centre infrastructure. The Department of Finance has now appointed a company that specialises in providing modular data centre infrastructure and this will enable the Government to deploy solutions that are flexible, scalable over time and enable the government to do more with less,” added Mr Smith.

The Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel 2 provides the Australian Government with a simplified procurement process; better pricing and pre-agreed contract terms for the procurement of high quality data centre facilities and is mandatory for all Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entities.

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‘Cloud in a box’ to be showcased at QuestNet 2014

Datapod will showcase their ‘Cloud in a box’ solution at this week’s QuestNet Conference to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 1st July through Friday 4th July.

The Cloud in a box (CIAB) solution enables the university and research sector to deploy a provide a cloud solution by using modular data centre infrastructure and in a significantly reduced amount of time and cost.

Datapod CIAB approach has standardised the complete suite of infrastructure systems, including, modular data centre, networking, storage, compute, open source software and services. The Datapod CIAB means services can be delivered regardless of whether they are internal or external to the organisation and is a seamless way to deliver DCaaS / IaaS / PaaS / DBaaS.

The Datapod approach has many benefits for the university and research sector including:

  • Enhancing teacher outcomes and student experiences by providing a flexible data centre solution,
  • Driving down IT costs by deploying a modular data centre system that enables universities to ‘clip on’ extra capacity as required and by using a more energy efficient solution,
  • Reducing the organisations carbon footprint by accessing leading energy efficient data centre technology, 
  • Enabling universities to be more responsive to change, exploit IT and de-risk data centre investment, 
  • Enable universities to create new revenue streams and capitalise on the trend to offer data centre and cloud computing services to external organisations or other collaborators.

Datapod’s appearance at QuestNet 2014 also coincides with Datapod’s recent appointment by the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) to the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Panel.

We are seeing international universities leading the way with modular data centre technology and by doing so they are delivering major benefits to their organisation and the science and research community, and we are working to deliver those benefits to institutions here in Australia.

The modular and CIAB approach to data centre investment enables the university sector to de-risk their investment, and importantly, deliver a cost effective solutions that lay the platform for future computing technology.

The QuestNet conference provides a valuable opportunity for ICT professionals working in higher education and research organisations to hear from a distinguished cohort of keynote speakers; network with peers; take in the best offerings from the market-place in the trade exhibit; and enjoy a range of social events.

For more information Datapod visit Datapod.com or visit stand 14 at QuestNet 2014.

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Datapod appointed to RDSI Vendor Panel

Datapod has been appointed to the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Vendor Panel by the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology.

This appointment will allow research hubs around Australia to access cost savings as well as innovative cloud and modular data center technology from Datapod.

Datapod will join a number of other data storage providers on the panel with Datapod uniquely placed to provide ‘Cloud in a box delivered as part of its modular data center solution.

Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “This is a welcome appointment for Datapod. It is clear modular data center systems combined with the ability to provide complete open cloud infrastructure solutions means universities, research and scientific institutions across Australia can now provision complete capacity from Datapod within 12 weeks of receiving an order.” 

The RDIS Vander Panel is designed to provide options for potential RDSI ‘nodes’ and members of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) to procure storage related infrastructure, software and services.

The panel allows nodes, universities and other authorised users to avoid lengthy tendering processes by using the panel and to support volume pricing across nodes and the wider Higher Education and Research Sector.

The ability to provide complete open cloud infrastructure using a modular data center approach provides RDSI nodes and CAUDIT members with the opportunity access what is being termed as the Next Generation IT Infrastructure (NGI). The NGI involves deploying technological solutions across the full ‘stack,’ from the data center to hardware to middleware and through the application layer, and can also include changes to an enterprise’s work flows and IT operating model.

“By accessing our services, RDSI nodes and CAUDIT members can really start driving down their costs by accessing technology that is flexible, scalable and energy efficient,” said Mr Smith.

RDSI requires Datapod to be accredited as a condition of entry to the Vendor Panel and provides additional reassurance to RDSI that vendors have been subject to an appropriate level of due diligence in order to obtain GITC accreditation.

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Datapod entrepreneur taps into emerging multi-billion dollar industry

Datapod is pleased to announce that Managing Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr (pictured right) has been named a Regional nominee in the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Mr Carr joins other outstanding entrepreneurs from across Australia who will compete for the ultimate prize of being named 2014 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

An engineer by trade, Mr Carr knew there had to be a better way of addressing the high costs and risks associated with traditional data center construction projects. After establishing Datapod in 2007 and mortgaging the family home in 2008, Mr Carr launched Datapod – a modular data center system.

Datapod provides physical modular data center infrastructure to support advanced cloud computing environments. The Datapod System allows for rapid deployment as it is shipped to site fully completed, tested and ready for operation.

In recent industry research the global modular data center market is expected to grow to $40.41 billion by 2018, at an estimated CAGR of 37.41% from 2013 to 2018 on the back of technology becoming more ubiquitous and the need for more scalable and flexible data center infrastructure.

Mr Carr said, “It is a great honour to be nominated in these awards. The modularization of the data center market is similar to how Henry Ford standardized the car industry. This standardization allows Datapod to provide data center infrastructure that is more affordable, more energy efficient and drives better outcomes for our customers. You could say we are becoming the CIO’s best friend.”

Mr Carr will join his fellow nominees representing the ACT and NSW at the regional awards ceremony on 7 August 2014 and if successful will go onto the national award ceremony in November 2014. The National Award winner will go on to represent Australia at an international award ceremony in Monaco in 2015.

Further information about the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program can be found at ey.com/au and for information about Datapod visit www.datapod.com

About EY Entrepreneur of the Year

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year program, launched in Australia in 2001, is one of the country’s leading business awards programs. It has so far recognised over 1,200 leading Australians for their entrepreneurial business success and each year, through its global program, acknowledges thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide. Founded and produced by EY, the program in Australia is sponsored by Commonwealth Bank (Principal sponsor), Qantas (Sponsor) and Austrade (Supporter).

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Datapod wins Washington data center deal

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has named Datapod as the successful tenderer to build and deploy their new data center facility on the outskirts of Washington DC.

The WSSC tender win requires Datapod to provide a 200kW data center system that can be scaled up to and beyond 1 MW over time.

The modular Datapod system represents a new approach to providing data center infrastructure allowing extra pods to be added to the data center as future capacity is required.

Datapod CEO Scott Carr is delighted with the tender announcement.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Datapod and we are very proud to be providing data center infrastructure for one of the United States largest utilities. WSSC is very excited about the opportunities and efficiencies the Datapod System will provide,” said Mr Carr.

The 200kW solution equates to a four pod system and will be ready for operation months earlier, compared to a traditional approach to data center construction. 

The Datapod System will enable WSSC to fully manage its own asset and to provide supporting infrastructure such as power, cooling and fire suppression. The Datapod System also provides electrical power feeds, uninterruptable power supply and generator backup.

“From inside, the Datapod system looks like most enterprise grade data centers featuring optimized racks and hot aisle configurations.  The Datapod System also features a patented design that provides us with a strategic advantage,” added Mr Carr.

The tender process attracted bids from several international companies, with Datapod’s technical superiority, experience, speed to deployment, and completeness of the end to end solution leading to the tender win.

WSSC provides water and waste water services to approximately 1.8 million residents around Washington DC and their new Datapod facility is tipped to become an industry leader and will create new opportunities for the organisation by extending WSSC’s position as an advanced user of IT systems. 

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2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards launch at Datapod

The 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards will be launched at the factory of successful IT exporter, Datapod, on 30 April 2014.

Datapod is a previous winner at the 2012 ACT Chief Minister’s Award for small to medium business in the manufacturing sector and is honoured to be the host for the launch of the 2014 Awards.

Datapod manufactures modular data centers from their Fyshwick and Hume factories and exports to the Asia- Pacific, Europe and North America with arrangements in place to begin exporting to the Middle East, Africa and South America in the next 12 months.

According to a latest market research by MarketsandMarkets the modular data center industry is expected to reach $40.41 billion by 2018 at a CAGR of 37.41% by 2018.

Datapod Chief Executive Officer Scott Carr said, “The emergence of the modular data center approach has revolutionised the way data centers are planned, developed and constructed, turning the ‘snowflake’ traditional bricks and mortar approach on its head. This new approach represents a significant opportunity for Datapod in export markets around the globe.”

“The Datapod System is ISO certified and constructed to the highest standards right here in the nation’s capital and as we develop export markets further this in turn will create opportunities locally,” Mr Carr added.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards acknowledge the innovation, hard work and success of businesses, large and small, in reaching new markets through exporting their products or services.

“I highly encourage companies to participate in these important awards. Participation in the Chief Minister’s Export Awards gave Datapod the confidence to further develop overseas markets and provided Datapod with an opportunity to review our strategic approach, as well as celebrate the achievements of our business and other Canberra businesses,” said Mr Carr.

Nominations for the 2014 Chief Minister’s Export Awards are now open

After the launch of the Awards, Datapod will be conducting an exclusive customer factory tour from 1.30pm. To register for the customer tour click on the button below.

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Modular data center before and after comparisons

Datapod has recently released three case studies on our website which illustrate how we are helping organisations to drive efficiency and cost savings through deploying modular data center infrastructure.

Datapod highlight’s three recent case studies which show how the advanced design, engineering and configurations of the modular Datapod data center system is enabling organisations to drive down power use effectiveness (PUE) and their subsequent cost of energy to operate the data center.

The case studies use a tablular format to display ‘before and after’ a Datapod data center deployment and the associated data center performance. One of the case studies show a reduction in PUE of 1.4 with and annual electricity cost saving of $352,000.

Read the modular data center case studies

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Modular data center manufacturer achieves safety milestone

Datapod has achieved a full year with no lost time injuries (LTI’s).

It reached this milestone on 26 March 2014 and marks a continuing path of dedication to safety by the company.

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

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

“This result covers our two manufacturing operations in the ACT, Australia, as well as the teams that deploy our leading edge modular data center infrastructure to remote and urban locations in Europe, Asia, Oceania and soon to North and South America, the Middle East and Africa,” said Mr Carr.

“It is an outstanding result for Datapod and the modular data center industry as a whole. The modular nature of the Datapod data center system means processes can be streamlined and made safer because of the factory environment.” said Mr Carr. 

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 Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment Manager Shontelle Hellyer believes results like this raise the bar in terms of Datapod’s commitment to social responsibility and being an employer of choice.

“Datapod continues to help deliver against ever-increasing community expectations. We are continually looking at ways of improving our workplaces practices. For Datapod it is about continually meeting and exceeding staff and customer outcomes,” said Ms Hellyer.

“Our systems and processes have continually matured since the company was established in 2007. Datapod has grow to become a fully ISO certified and trusted leader in safety in the modular industry,” said Ms Hellyer.

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Technological and economic factors drive data center industry

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.

The recent Datapod 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.

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 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.

For more download the Datapod white paper.

Datapod 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.
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Datapod unlock digital oil and gas field with modular data center

Datapod is set to unlock the ‘digital oil and gas field’ with the release of their new capability statement for the oil and gas industry sector.

The Datapod capability statement outlines the challenges facing the oil and gas industry and how the modular data center approach can be deployed to enhance upstream activities, such as exploration and production activities like, 2D, 3D and 4D seismic and drilling data processing, refining, supervisory control and video surveillance and downstream activities, such as supply chain processing, data storage and management solutions.

The rugged all terrain design of the Datapod System is suited to extreme environments and provides an enterprise grade data center that meets global quality, environmental management, and occupational health and safety management ISO standards. The Datapod System can also be deployed to remote locations, greenfield sites, or existing inner city locations with satellite or cable connectivity for global networking.

Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “The oil and gas capability statement is designed to show IT professionals in the oil and gas industry that there is a reliable solution to driving technological change within their organisation. Just because a site is in an extreme, hazardous, or remote location it doesn’t mean it should be difficult for these organisations to procure an enterprise grade data center.”

Like other industries company executives in the oil and gas sector are looking to their data center infrastructure to drive innovation, productivity and profitability.

“In an industry where the price of a commodity can vary dramatically within a relatively short period of time, a modular data center solution lays the foundation from which oil and gas companies can drive productivity and implement new technologies which in turn can mean the difference between profitability or financial losses,” said Mr Smith.

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Modular Data Center Benefits and Advantages: A Technology Tautology

There is so much commentary regarding modular data center infrastructure it can be easy to lose sight of the benefits and advantages of deploying a modular data center in comparison to a tradition data center build.

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 blog post lists the benefits and advantages of deploying a Datapod modular data center.

The top 14 benefits and advantages of a Datapod modular data center include:

  • Flexible and scalable design: The Datapod modular data center incorporates a snap-together design with a patented removable wall design. With the economies of scale and the benefits of repeatable, standardized modules, it is easy to match demand and scale infrastructure quickly.  Modules can be added when extra capacity is required or scaled down when infrastructure becomes obsolete.
     
  • Speed: A Datapod System can be designed, built, and up and running with 3 -5 months. The Datapod modular solutions have quick time frames from order to deployment.  As a standardized solution, modules can be ordered, manufactured, customized and delivered to the data center site in a matter of months. The modular approach also means that the site construction can progress in parallel, instead of a linear task dependant, track toward completion.
     
  • Efficient: The Datapod System is efficient in design and flexible in nature, adding only the modules you need, resulting in lower operational and capital costs. Datapod Modules are engineered to maximise efficiency gains in power and cooling.  Having the Utilitypod power module in close proximity to the IT it serves also saves money in costly distribution gear and power loss.
     
  • Reduced and deferred capital cost:  As a large capital expense, building a data center is typically a project that requires substantial money up-front to anticipate forecasted IT needs for the next 10 to 15 years.  Rapidly changing technology in the data center makes it difficult to justify such a large capital expense for a building that must keep pace with technology demands.  The Datapod System is a way to apply capital to the data center in line with changing technology and IT requirements. Instead of a $20 million project day one, five $4 million modules can be built as they are needed.  It enables the ability to incrementally add capacity to the data center. See a modular data center cost comparison 
  • Cloud capability: The modular Datapod System can be used to provide complete open cloud infrastructure.
     
  • Commissioning:  As an engineered, standardized solution, the data center module can be commissioned where it is built and require fewer steps once placed at the data center site. Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), before deployment, means the customer has confidence knowing the system is operational before deployment.
     
  • High density and lower Power Use Effectiveness (PUE):  In a modular data center solution, the space is used efficiently, and allows precise airflow management that can support densities of 30 kilowatts per cabinet and higher.  The PUE can be determined at commissioning and because the Datapod is pre-engineered and standardized the PUE’s can be as low as 1.1 to 1.5.
     
  • Data Center Infrastructure Management:  Management of Datapod System is where a modular approach can take advantage of the engineering and integration built into the system.  The Datapod System features management software that gives the operator visibility into every aspect of the IT equipment, infrastructure, environmental conditions and security of the system.
     
  • Rightsizing:  Datapod design enables an optimized delivery approach for matching IT needs.  This ability to right-size infrastructure as IT needs grow enables enterprise alignment with IT and data center strategies. The modular approach also provides capacity when needed for urgent projects or temporary capacity adjustments.
     
  • Space saving:  With the premium on real estate space in major cities, companies can expect to save a capital expenditure by deploying a Datapod System at a location where realestate is more cost effective. And because of the rugged design of the Datapod System, this means the system can be deployed indoors or out.
     
  • Assembling and expertise: Datapod offer an onsite assembly service. Trained modular data center professionals assemble the modular data center at the organisation’s premises, eliminating the need to search for assembling/ fitting personnel for each data center related technology. Furthermore, A short time on site combined with the manufactured approach, delivers a reduction in the risk of Lost Time Injuries (LTI’s) and reducing the risk of common physical and mechanical based hazards onsite during construction.
     
  • Maintenance: Datapod modular data center components have built in redundancy. For example, if a couple of servers are down, the virtualization software might run on other servers leaving these two out. Other components are field replaceable, and can be replaced if they go down.
     
  • Disaster recovery/ remote location: Companies generally don’t want to invest in a whole data center just for disaster recovery. So, the Datapod System can be made ready to take over essential services in the event of a disaster to the main data center. Modular Data Centers can also be useful in a remote location where the expertise to build a data center may not be available or the data center is required temporarily.
     
  • Weather proof: The Datapod System is weather and sound proof in a faraday cage environment. Systems can be kept outdoors in extreme temperatures in remote environments or indoors in urban centers.

To learn more about the award winning Datapod System visit the Datapod Resources page. The resources page features videos, downloads and other information.

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When the cloud is not an option go modular data center

There is no doubt boardrooms around the world are looking to their executive staff to use IT to deliver better outcomes at a more competitive price. This is why infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution is an attractive answer to the data center challenge.

But when outsourcing to an IaaS provider is not an option where does this leave the decision making for Data Center Managers and CIO’S?

In this blog post we look at some of the reasons why organisations are reluctant to move to the cloud and the role modular data centers play when the cloud is not a preferred option.

Recent research by IDG Enterprise showed there are five main reasons organisations are reluctant or cannot move to IaaS or cloud services, these included:

  • Losing control of infrastructure and hoping the 3rd party provider has the same priorities as your organisation in times of emergency, 
     
  • Security breaches; although economies of scale provide the capacity to deliver better security through the cloud, some commentators like David Linthicum from eBizq suggest the cloud is largely untested and requires specialised expertise,
     
  • Data protection and compliance, for example, the UK’s Data Protection Act requires that personal data not to be transferred to any country outside the EU,
     
  • Performance and uptime, a recent survey by Research in Action found that 43.5% of global IT managers were worried about losing revenue because of cloud service problems, while nearly 80% were worried about hidden costs such as damage to their brand due to downtime and poor performance, 
     
  • Being locked in to one provider should performance, security and uptime become issues.
Looking into the Datapod data hall from inside the Entrypod workspace area. Download the Datapod white paper and learn more about the patented removable wall design which enables Expanderpods to be added to existing systems as future demands increase

In some cases these reasons for not moving to the cloud can prove a hurdle to high and this is where the modular data center (MDC) system becomes a reliable alternative.

MDC’s can be used to create data center infrastructure that can be the foundation to a secure network or private cloud data infrastructure solution.

National institutions, finance corporations, health funds, defense and other organisations responsible for the private data of millions of customers have the added social expectation that they keep this data safe and secure particularly in light of the recent NSA leaks scandal as well as the ongoing breach scandals like those recently experienced by Adobe and Sony Playstation.

So where does this leave organisations who want to deliver better service by improving their data center infrastructure. In most case there are two remaining options:

  • Custom designed ‘bricks and mortar’
  • Modular Data Center 

A modular data center cost comparison with a traditional bricks and mortar data center was the focus of a blog post last year by Datapod Director Adam Smith. In his post he showed when compared to a bricks and mortar data center the Datapod modular data center solution was approximately 28% lower in cost.

In subsequent industry news the lower costs and other benefits have been reflected by
DCD Intelligence which found modular deployments by other providers cost up to 14 per cent lower than traditional data center builds and FedTechMagazine.com stated agencies find that prefabricated IT infrastructure can be delivered more quickly (as little as 12 weeks in some cases) and at lower cost.

These positive cost comparisons complement the increasing data suggesting the MDC approach is the death knell for traditional approaches to data center infrastructure and as recently as this month, with a global data center provider acquiring a Spanish based modular data center company in a bid to capitalize on the rapidly growing market.

With this recent acquisition and the prediction by Markets and Markets suggesting the modular data center market will reach $40.41 billion by 2018 at a CAGR of 37.41 per cent from 2013 to 2018 it is fair to say the market could see further consolidation in the months ahead and is further evidence the MDC solution has fully matured and is widely accepted as the way forward.

So what makes the Datapod a leading modular data center solution?

For more information on the modular Datapod data center system download the Datapod White Paper.

This document provides a detailed insight into the Datapod System including suggested floor plans, the patented design, CAPEX and OPEX cost savings analysis, component specifications, industry applications and case studies.

Customers can also use the industry first Datapod App to design their next data center and download a data center proposal.

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Data Center Solution Leaves Beneficial Legacy After Major Events.

Whether it is the G20 in Brisbane in 2014, the World Cups in cricket and football, or the Olympic or Commonwealth Games, the organizers of these events are looking to leave a lasting legacy that can benefit the city long after the event has finished.

One simple way is by deploying a modular data center solution.

The modular nature of the Datapod data center system enables event organisers to deploy the infrastructure for the duration of the event, providing critical infrastructure associated with the Technology Operations Center, including IT systems and telecoms. The individual components of the Datapod modular data center can also be branded and rebranded enabling the brand of the event (and the post event user) to be extended further than before.

Then once the event has concluded the modular data center can be disassembled and reused at different location or for a different use.

The ability to reuse and reassemble the modular data center system provides stakeholders with a better return on investment and is an opportunity to leave a technological legacy that continues to benefit the local community long after the event has left town.

A good example is the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro or the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast. Both cities are determined to leave a lasting legacy that drives the economy forward.

A modular data center could be reassembled on a University Campus to provide critical data center infrastructure for a research institute or as critical infrastructure for local governments to deliver better online outcomes associated with the emerging pressures of big data.

Datapod Head of Marketing Communications Gordon Watson said, “The modular nature of the Datapod data center system is a tangible opportunity for event organizers to leave a technological legacy that will continue to drive the host’s economy forward long after the event is over. With the global modular data center market is predicted to reach over $40billion by 2018, it is only a matter of time before organizers of large events like World Cups and International Games begin leveraging from the ongoing benefits that can be provided by a modular data center solution.”

London understands the importance of leaving a legacy and the role of technology.

London is in the process of successfully transforming a section of Queen Elizabeth Park into a data center facility that will support a burgeoning creative industry. The ‘bricks and mortar’ data center is due to open in 2015 and it is predicted the 140,000ft2 site will deliver £460m in GDP to the national economy and create more than 6,500 local jobs.

Mr Watson adds, “The Datapod solution would enable organisers to do more with less. And although the London project is different the underlying technological benefit to a host city is very clear.”

Computerweekly.com reported that during the London Games, the Technology Operation Center oversaw critical applications such as the Commentator Information System and the organisers’ intranet, as well as monitoring 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and 9,500 PCs. In total over 5,000 technology staff – including 2,500 volunteers were involved in the Olympics IT.

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What the Experts Say: Modular Data Centers

Modular data center technology is rapidly changing the face of the data center industry. Here are a some insights from Datapod customers and industry experts.

  • “We congratulate and honour Datapod for their innovations and pioneering impact to the data centre industry both internationally and within Federal Government. The Datapod offering should serve as exemplary to the Commonwealth -as the future of Data Centres that are designed, built and operated in Australia for Australians. Federal Government Departments and Agencies are encouraged to contact Datapod for information.”
    Mr Don Easter – Dept of Innovation (Australia)
     
  • “DataPod the complete solution modular data centre manufacturer Madam Speaker, I can assure you that touring the facility at Fyshwick where these data centres are pieced together is quite an experience.”
    Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT Andrew Barr (Exerpt from the Minister’s annual Growth, Jobs and Diversification speech)
     
  • “We had a requirement come into the office to deliver a data centre. We needed something that we could drop on the ground and get things running. On a mine site you have to deal with a hazard environment and even though it has a hazard environment we still had to deliver an enterprise grade data centre. The Datapod really delivers on both those aspects. Just to have something as flexible as Datapod System is definitely the way forward.”
    Garon Johnstone, Mount Isa Mines
     
  • “The judges were impressed by Datapod’s well organised components and sturdy construction for ease of deployment and maintenance.”
    Stephanie Pemberton, Director The Australian International Design Awards
     
  • Research from DCD Intelligence, a division of DatacenterDynamics, has found that modular data centers may cost as much as 14 per cent less to deploy than traditional ‘bricks and mortars’ data centers, further indicating that the industry could be wasting much-needed capital on data center deployment.
     
  • 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.”
     
  • “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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • “Digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if CIOs adopt new roles and behaviours to find digital value,”
    Mark McDonald, group Vice President and Gartner Fellow
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How the modular data center approach is resolving issues facing CIO’s

2014 will be a landmark year as more CIO’s begin an executive management revolution by leveraging from modular data center technology to become the engine room for better corporate outcomes.

At the heart of the revolution is addressing the many pitfalls associated with traditional data center builds including custom-engineering and the associated risks, delays and costs, as well as the lack of flexibility demonstrated by typical data centers.

Datapod and the Data Center 2.0 approach eliminate many of the traditional barriers faced by organisations wishing to deploy new data center capacity.

The Datapod System incorporates a ‘building-block’ approach that enables a dramatic simplification of the design process, reduced time-to-deploy, and precise alignment of IT capital expenditure with expected business ROI.

Data Center Challenges

Data center operators, designers and builders are under overwhelming pressure from customer and end users to deliver data center capacity with lower upfront capital outlay at a faster pace and without any compromise to reliability whilst maintaining or improving operational and energy efficiency.

1. Infrastructure

There are many financial challenges associated with infrastructure within a brick and mortar building.

To begin, forecasting and measuring the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) is essential for return-on-investment (ROI) analysis.

Over-sizing is the main contributor to excess TCO. Over-sizing creates inefficiencies in the data center including excess capital cost, operating cost, and specifically energy cost. The average data center operator can achieve the highest return on investment in relation to DCPI through right-sizing.

Right-sizing the DCPI system to the load is the key to optimising TCO and has the most impact on DCPI electrical consumption.

Floor Plan: The CAD image shows the floor plan of a 300kW modular Datapod data center.

Right-sizing can potentially eliminate over 50% of the energy bill. The excess lifecycle costs associated with over-sizing also include the expenses of operating the facility.

These costs include maintenance contracts, consumables, land and energy. Since over-sizing gives rise to underutilised equipment that must be maintained, a large fraction of the maintenance costs are wasted.

Data center efficiency is key to controlling energy costs and should be a subject of significant importance to all data center operators.

Secondly, traditional data center “room” cooling is unable to accommodate the latest generation of high and variable density IT equipment resulting in cooling systems that are inefficient, unpredictable, and low in power density.

Data Center 2.0 generation creates the flexibility, predictability, scalability, reduced electrical power consumption, reduced TCO and optimum availability that row and rack-orientated cooling architectures can provide.

Additionally, the factors that gave rise to the establishment and use of the raised floor in the data center environment are no longer justified or desirable. In fact, the highest density and highest efficiency data center power and cooling technologies specifically do not require a raised floor.

Image right: A modular Datapod data center is craned into place at a remote mining location.

2. Space

Utilising space for server rooms and data centers is unlikely to be the best and most cost-effective use of space within a commercial building.

By vacating current server rooms and returning them to alternative purposes such as office space, significant savings can be made. For example, a 100m2 (1076ft²) 6-8 standard workstations, possibly negating the need to move or take on new premises.

Modular data centers, such as the Datapod System, can be deployed to any site with a prepared area. Deployments to greenfield sites require a site to be prepared before Datapod assembly can take place. Site preparation is integral and critical to deployment efficiency.

3. Colocation Option

Many IT departments are not able to colocate their IT hardware for reasons of security and/or convenience. When outsourcing is not an option, in-house data centers are necessary; modularisation enables organisations to deploy data center technology in a flexible and efficient way.

Even the unique technical and engineering requirements of small server rooms make this a complex

and expensive decision as IT systems virtualise and become more dense.

4. Demand Spike

Mergers, new projects or other sudden increases in demand on IT systems can be problematic for a traditional data center designed for static, low density loads.

Expansion or refurbishment of a traditional 1.0 data center is likely to be cost prohibitive. Having the option of accessing additional data center capacity in the short term can be highly advantageous to business operations. Short-term requirements are often difficult to assess and address.

Many times investment is considered a solution for a temporary requirement, when a more appropriate course of action would be a short-term rental.

Datapods can be rented for as little as 24 months.

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How The Modular Datapod Data Center System Compares

Understanding the differences between data center technology is fundamental to long term planning. The Datapod modular data center comparison and industry example below are taken from the Datapod white paper ‘Data Center 2.0 ‘The Perfect Storm Has Arrived’.

The table shown in figure 2.0 compares the Datapod System to modern non-modular data centers. The green notations indicate that the data center meets the competency.

Example – Modular data center use in the mining sector

The mining sector is vulnerable to the slightest fluctuations in the global economy, for example a slight but long lasting exchange rate difference can put pressure on site profitability and the longer term operation.

The deployment of an onsite Data Center 2.0 technology enables mining companies to provide a foundation to drive efficiency and productivity gains. The onsite benefits of the Datapod System include:

  • CAPEX and OPEX cost saving through standardised and efficient design
  • Onsite reliability through factory acceptance tested components and a rugged cyclone proof, all terrain design
  • Reduced risk for onsite safety incidents through rapid onsite assembly and leveraging from class leading onsite OHSE workplace practices
  • Increased productivity by deploying modular infrastructure and enabling onsite, on demand computers to analyse geological and geospatial data, and to help process large amounts of data produced from Smart Grid technologies
  • Greater flexibility to deploy and redeploy data center infrastructure to provide IT infrastructure for short or medium term projects.

Interesting Fact:

A recent study by the Australian National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NEIR)

found significant differences in the market capitalization between digital leaders and those who lagged across the sectors.

A Mining company could have a market capitalization worth $130 billion by 2025 by engaging in the digital economy, compared to $38 billion for digital laggers; a difference of $92 billion.