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Datapod inks 5 year supply deal with global resources giant

Datapod have been awarded the supply contract for modular data centers by a major resources company with operations throughout Australia as well as Latin America and North America.  With considerable experience in the resources sector Datapod’s proven approach to delivering world-class modular ICT facilities was a key factor in succesfully concluding the deal.  With safety a key factor in the resource sector it was also important to be able to demonstrate a top-down commitment to a safe working environment.  Scott Carr, Managing Director of Datapod points to the 1500-days without LTI in both our factory and offsite deployment projects as a proof-point.  “You can’t operate for nearly 5 years without incident unless safety is embedded in the culture of the company”, says Scott, adding that resource-sector clients wanted to know that their suppliers understood their needs and took safety as seriously as they do. 

Design maturity was also a key selling point for the customer.  Having been proven across numerous resource-sector deployments, including both large high-density systems and small edge systems, Datapod were able to prove that the modular architecture was sufficiently flexible that it could be used globally, in all climatic conditions, in a wide range of sizes and densities.  “Datapod were able to satisfy the customers needs through a single system of standardised modules, giving the customer the ultimate flexibility”, says Adam Smith, Account Director.

Deployments for this customer will begin across Australia in July 2018, with North American deployments the following year.

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Australian modular data centre manufacturer readies for international expansion with Eaton Australia

Sydney, November 9, 2015: Australian modular data centre manufacturer Datapod is gearing up its push into the highly competitive International market after forging a supply agreement with power management company, Eaton Australia.

Canberra-headquartered Datapod has secured its first US-based customer and plans to use that implementation to showcase its technology and design leadership. The company already has a growing customer base in both the Asia-Pacific and European regions. 

According to Companies and Markets, the annual global modular data centre market is estimated to be worth $40.41 billion by 2018 and growing at a rate of 37.41 per cent each year.

“Since we started in 2007, Datapod  has been an export-focused company,” said Managing Director, Scott Carr (Pictured above) . “After having spent time designing and developing a mature product platform for clients in Australia, we are now turning our attention to the United States.”

In Australia, Datapod has been providing advanced data centres facilities to a range of clients in the industries such as: Defence, Education, Infrastructure, Communications and Resources.  Systems are built in the firm’s ACT-based manufacturing facilities before being shipped to customer sites for installation.

Streamlining the supply chain

In an effort to streamline its manufacturing, Datapod has entered into a supply agreement with Eaton Australia. Under the agreement, Datapod will implement Eaton power quality management equipment into its data centres. In the future these will be augmented by Eaton power distribution and security products..

“When you are manufacturing a modular data centre, each time you begin a new project you find you have to raise purchase orders with 30 or 40 different component suppliers,” said Carr. “With Eaton, we are able to source multiple best-of-breed products from a single supplier.”

Carr said that, as well as the range and quality of components available from Eaton, the company’s willingness to adapt was also attractive to Datapod. “Eaton will modify their products and services to enable them to work more effectively within the Datapod system. We don’t find ourselves having to try to fit square pegs into round holes.”

Gordon Makryllos, Managing Director ANZ, Eaton, said its long-term experience in the design and manufacture of power components for data centres meant Eaton could meet the need for high-performance at a realistic price point.  “With our global experience we are keen to support Australian Innovation in a global market.

“We understand the demands of modular data centres, which can sometimes be required to operate in harsh conditions and with variable external power supplies. We’re confident our power quality technology can help Datapod meet the particular needs of all its customers.”

First U.S.A customer

Datapod’s first US customer is Washington-based utility company WSSC. One of the largest water and waste water utilities in the country, WSSC serves more than 1.8 million residents.

Carr said the utility was implementing Datapod modular data centres as part of an aggressive plan to provide IT services for neighbouring utilities and public-sector bodies. “They are establishing a bureau-like IT services offering and needed a way to grow their data centre resources and capacity as client demands increased,” he said.

Working closely with WSSC, Datapod designed a multi-level modular data centre. As workloads increase, extra modules can be stacked on the initial installation, allowing storage and processing capacity to be quickly increased as required.

“We refer to our approach as Lego for data centres,” said Carr. “We have a menu-driven configuration process which allows customers to select the specific features and capacities that they need. The result is a very flexible data centre delivery and implementation offering.”

Future growth  

As customer numbers in the US increase, Carr said Datapod would establish a distribution facility there to complete final fit-outs and quality assurance testing. Pre-assembly of Eaton components will be undertaken within Eaton’s manufacturing facilities worldwide.

“This advanced manufacturing approach is well established with global manufacturers such as those operating in the car manufacturing industry,” he said. “It’s the same as a car manufacturer building the engine in one country and the chassis in another country and then shipping it all to the country of sale for final completion and distribution. Eaton’s components are globally available and globally supported which is essential to our expansion plans.”

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Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of US $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

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Datapod is an innovative modular data center manufacturer offering a complete site infrastructure solution that can be deployed indoors or out.

Manufactured in Canberra Australia, with a global distribution network, the modular Datapod System can be customer factory acceptance tested, manufactured in 12 weeks, shipped to any location on the planet and assembled on site 72 hours, delivering significant CAPEX and OPEX savings for Datapod customers. The modular approach de-risks capital investments by enabling customers to right-size, move and scale to meet changing requirements as their needs evolve.

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Data Center Safety: 900 days without LTI

It is 12:30pm on Tuesday and the weekly Datapod meeting begins with safety report and update from Datapod Environment, Health, Safety and Quality Manager Shontelle Hellyer. The team Managers from around the organisation are focused on her commentary and it is just one example of how Datapod demonstrates their commitment to safety.

This commitment to safety has had a positive impact on the business as the firm celebrates 900 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI) and is now fast approaching three years without an LTI.

Datapod believes data center knowledge is at the heart of their record on safety and the culture extends to two factory locations as well as their administration offices.

The data center safety record is impressive when you consider the safety record includes the activities of the Datapod deployment teams who are required to travel to various locations around the world to deploy the modular data center systems and can include mining sites, urban utilities and defence locations.

Datapod Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr (pictured right) recently recognised the achievement saying it reflects Datapod’s commitment to safety.

Mr Carr said, ‘We make safety a number one priority in our organisation. Over the years we have built up a considerable amount of data center knowledge and our continuous improvement and development of safety policies and procedures is a reflection of our dedicated staff.”

Safety a benefit of the modular data center approach

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

“With Datapod’s approach to safety it means customers are guaranteed high levels of safety through their supply chain. We work to international and local Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and we have developed behaviours and a culture in our workforce that has safety at the heart of our work environment,” Mr Carr said.

Datapod Workplace Health, Safety and Environment Manager Shontelle Hellyer is proud of the achievement saying it is a tangible result of Datapod’s commitment to safety and social responsibility.

“We work to international safety standards and this means we are continually innovating and improving our workplace practices. Datapod continues to deliver against these high standards and we are always looking to do things better and safety is just one way we are always looking to continually exceed staff and customer outcomes,” said Ms Hellyer.

Datapod’s safety processes and procedures are independently audited as part of their ISO certifications.

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Certified Data Center manufacturer: Datapod continues path of excellence

Datapod’s continued excellence and dedication to modular data center quality has recently been reaffirmed by international certification company SAI Global.

SAI Global has recertified Datapod for the Quality ISO 9001:2008 standard and means Datapod’s management system has been certified to this standard. The certification includes the sale, manufacture, assembly and installation of modular containerized data centres and associated program or project management and maintenance services.

The Quality ISO 9001:2008 covers Quality Management Systems and is a welcome addition to Datapod’s certifications for Environment and OHS.

The Quality certification means Datapod can better meet the needs of international customers and better deliver their outcomes.

Datapod Occupational Health Safety and Quality Manager Shontelle Hellyer said, “The certification provides Datapod with a continuous path of development and improvement whilst demonstrating high levels of service and product. Quality of service and product is at the heart of everything we do at Datapod.”

“The certification means Datapod’s it is measured against a best practice standard and environmental impact is minimized. It gives our customers peace of mind and assures quality through their supply chain which in turn has many positive flow on effects for our customers,” Ms Hellyer added.

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Datapod factory tours allow IT executives to test drive their next data center

During the month of July modular data center maker, Datapod, opened their factory doors to allow industry representatives to have a close up look at the unique system.

IT Directors, Data Center Mangers and Project Officers from a number of industries were shown through a modular data center system that is ready for shipment.

The popular tours included a live power switching demonstration where the modular data center system switched from mains power to utility backup power, as well as testing UPS systems, and inspecting fire suppression infrastructure, hot and cold aisle containment systems and monitoring equipment.

The tour was conducted by Datapod Director Adam Smith and Services Manager Tracey Reid.

Adam Smith said, “The factory tours enable Datapod customers to come in and test drive their next data center, for IT executives it really is the equivalent of visiting a car dealer and taking a vehicle for a spin, to see how it handles.”

“Customers can see first-hand how the Lego design of the Datapod System can deliver a quality enterprise grade data center solution as well as being able to see the attention to detail in the design and construction. For some customers it really is an epiphany.”

A Representative from the Australian Government said, “The Datapod System is a state-of-the-art data center system. This tour was a chance to add clarity to what a modular data center solution can bring to the IT of a government department.”

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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.

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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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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.

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Data Center Capability Statement for University and Research Sector

CANBERRA Australia: Datapod has released their modular data center capability statement for the university and research sector today and the document is now ready for download from the Datapod website.

The University and Research Capability Statement is a follow up to the Datapod White Paper and a number of other capability statements for other industry sectors.

The university and research sector presents a challenging data center environment because of the diverse range of applications and users that must be accommodated.

The university and research sectors underlying data centre infrastructure must support a broad spectrum of requirements ranging from High Performance Computing (HPC) systems to highly resilient enterprise systems, while also ensuring capital and operational cost efficiency and flexibility to cater for future demands as they arise.

Datapod Director and Chief Architect  Mr Scott Carr said, ‘The Datapod System is purpose built for such an environment and our professional team has extensive experience to guide you through the pitfalls and challenges that you are facing. I welcome you to our capabilities in the university and research sector and invite you to follow up with our team who are ready to assist you with any further questions.”

Key take-outs from the University and Research Capability Statement include:

  • Datapod modular data centers provide a flexible and scalable solution,
  • OPEX and CAPEX savings associated with the modular data center approach,
  • How Datapod is positioned to assist Universities to drive better student, teacher and research outcomes,
  • Drive productivity and profitability,as well as better environmental outcomes though energy efficient and sustainable modular data center deployments.
  • Enable universities to add new revenue streamlines and extend their brands into new markets.

Datapod is a multi-award winning manufacturer of modular data centers and ships to locations around the world.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.br2b.org.au‪ and to follow the progress of the run use the #‎BR2B on Twitter and other social media platforms.

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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.