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Over the Wire launches energy efficient Datacentre 2 to meet demand in Queensland for colocation space

Brisbane telecommunications provider, Over the Wire, is leading the way in environmentally friendly colocation, with the launch of its Data Centre 2. The leading edge equipment, provided by global infrastructure supplier APC, is one of the largest installations of APCʼs Hot-Aisle Containment System (HACS) in Australia, in terms of useable rack space.

The HACS channels the hot air produced by the equipment in the rack, into a fully enclosed aisle. This containment allows intelligent, optimised control of the temperatures within the racks and more efficient cooling of hot air than traditional hot aisle/cold aisle facilities. As opposed to traditional environmental control systems, which inefficiently reduce the temperature of the entire room, hot‐aisle containment eliminates the over-provisioning of cooling and is therefore much more environmentally friendly.

Over the Wire CEO, Brent Paddon, says embracing the new technology was an environmental and economical decision, based on customer demand and efficiency. "We strongly believe hot­ aisle containment was the best choice for our requirements. The system is not only environmentally friendly, the cooling technology allows for higher density of equipment. We expect to see an improvement of 15 to 20% in terms of cooling efficiency when compared to our first data centre. Our Data Centre 2 clients have 15A/rack A + B as standard, and as the demand for space, particularly in Queensland, is very high, we are pleased to be able to offer such an economical and environmentally friendly product," said Mr Paddon.

Gordon Makryllos, Vice President, Pacific, APC by Schneider Electric, said “Increasingly we are seeing businesses in Queensland outsourcing their data centres, so we were pleased when Over the Wire approached us to help it develop its Data Centre 2. Hot Aisle Containment Systems are the ideal solution for high-density server configurations or data centres where space is at a premium and high rack densities are required. It ensures that businesses receive the best energy efficiency possible without compromising on performance.”

Over the Wire have pre-sold almost 50% of the available co-location space and envisage strong demand for the remaining racks.

Data Centre 2 is located in Over the Wire's facility in Spring Hill, Brisbane.