Friday, 10 April 2015 16:27

Interactive awarded NABERS rating for data centre


IT services provider Interactive has been awarded a 4-star NABERS Infrastructure Rating for its Melbourne Data Centre D.

Interactive is the first Australian privately owned systems availability company to publish its accreditation. Awarded by the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).

Data Centre D is Interactive’s largest in Victoria and Eamonn Eason, Interactive National Data Centre Manager, says good air management, plant size, energy efficient cooling infrastructure and a sophisticated monitoring system have all contributed to the accredited assessment outcome, which combines a traditional design with best operational practice to support both customer resilience needs and sustainability objectives.

In its assessment, NABERS provides a means to measure and benchmark greenhouse gas emissions using the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric, and as part of the audit process the extensive metering and energy management system was used to provide a detailed record of energy consumption.

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“Interactive has participated in the development of this world first tool to measure the efficiency of the infrastructure and IT equipment within Data Centres," Eason said.

“We are pleased to support this rating tool and encourage other Data Centre providers to have their facilities independently rated and to publish their results.

“As sustainability gets an ever increasing focus within the IT industry and the wider business community it is important to be able to provide an independent accredited benchmark.  Interactive will endeavor to continue to improve its energy performance within its Data Centre facilities and expand its use of NABERS. We believe this rating will help customers make a more informed decision in their choice of Data Centre and Managed Services provider.”

The NABERS suite of rating tools provides a benchmark of performance and a common language which is now well recognised by the energy efficiency industry. To achieve accreditation, the PUE of a Data Centre must be logged five times per month for 12 months, ensuring it is consistently meeting or exceeding the requirements of NABERS.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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