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Vertiv Helps Construct Disaster-resilient, Eco-friendly Data Centre for Redland City Council

March 14, 2018

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Syndey, Australia [March 14, 2018] – Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power, today announced that it has completed construction of Redland City Council’s new data centre. A project that took only four months to finish, the new data centre boasts of an eco-friendly and disaster-resilient design powered by Vertiv innovative solutions.

Redland City Council’s new data centre is a 42-square-metre, self-contained facility with a 10-rack capacity. It is installed with power, cooling and racks from Vertiv, including the Liebert® CRV™, the Liebert APM™ UPS, and the Liebert MPH2 intelligent PDU.

Redland City Council first approached Vertiv and Peak Services for a modular data centre design to replace its ageing primary and secondary data centres. The Council’s old infrastructure was approaching end-of-life and had become increasingly inefficient and expensive to operate. Moreover, the Council was looking to move its critical applications to a depot site, not only to free up office space but also to ensure that data is secure.

The Vertiv modular data centre for Redland City Council uses a steel-framed, double-skinned, insulated construction designed specifically to take the weight of specialist data room equipment. The facility is also fire-rated and is structurally certified.

Glynn Henderson, chief information officer of Redland City Council, said the efficient design of its new modular data centre is expected to reap benefits. Aside from moving to a well-ventilated area, the new data centre space is also more compact. Henderson anticipates a 30 percent reduction in electricity costs and 70 percent reduction in CO2 emissions due to the use of more efficient plant and equipment.

“That’s really important because we’re a very eco-focused city,” he said.

Being a coastal council, Redland City Council could also involve coordinating an emergency response to natural disasters such as fires or storms.

“One of the great things about having a compliant and highly resilient data centre is the ability to react quickly around disaster management. That’s a big thing for us,” Henderson said. “As the City develops into the digital age and we increase the digital footprint in some of our newer city expansions, we’ll see a lot more requirement to connect services and utilities globally.”

Robert Linsdell, managing director of Vertiv in Australia and New Zealand, said, “A robust, scalable and secure infrastructure is needed for cities like Redland City that are looking to become smarter for the future.”

 “There’s plenty of hype about smart cities and Internet of Things, but it’s important to consider what infrastructure you need to pull that off,” Linsdell said. “Redland City Council understands this, and they’re taking the steps now to make sure they can do the exciting part in the right way later.”

Peak Services information manager William Osborne also praised the “successful partnership” between Vertiv, Redland City Council and Peak.

“Councils are different from other entities in that they spend public money. They’re accountable to their rate payers for the spend, so anything they spend must be done in a transparent and open manner to demonstrate value for money. From a supplier perspective, we keep costs down by looking at efficiencies in production, manufacturing, delivery, and commissioning,” said Osborne. “What separates Vertiv from other data centre providers is their ability to customize and tailor the solution to meet council needs. For example facility sizing, energy consumption and facility expansion.”

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