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Monday, 02 July 2012 14:41

Nextgen ups data centre power density to 24KW per rack


Nextgen Networks has launched a 'High Density Data Centre' product - the ability to host equipment in its data centres at a power density of 24kw per rack.

The product will be available initially from its Melbourne data centre and "is being planned out for rollout in Perth and Sydney as an integral part of [our] national fibre network expansion program," the company said.

Nextgen CEO, Peter Sykes, told iTWire: "It is a product within or existing data centre capabilities. We are taking orders for this today. We have it fully configured and ready to go and we are in the process of cutting some customers over."

He added: "We believe we are the first to offer this capacity as a core product, and we also offer intelligent rack monitoring and power control that allows individual servers to be powered up and down remotely."

He said demand for high density capacity was being driven by the need to house new hardware efficiently. "Blade servers now have very high power requirements and if you put a few of those in one rack they take 24kW. You see some data rooms with only about an eighth of the floor taken up with racks, but those racks are taking up all the power available on the floor. It's very inefficient."

Nextgen's High Density Data Centre product uses free air cooling technology and "incorporates intelligent service offerings that give customers the ability to remotely monitor, manage and control the power to their equipment from a portal, or iphone/ipad application."

The company says: "Rack power can be reset remotely for individually named sockets or in a predefined sequence. This convenience directly translates to reduced customer operating costs with fewer site visits and quicker issue resolution."

Nextgen's data centre products are all offered out of the data centres of another Leighton subsidiary, Metronode. Sykes explained: "We are effectively the major channel for Metronode. We combine our network services with co-location services. We serve customers who want between one and 40 racks. Metronode focuses on large customers who want hundreds of racks and thousands of kilowatts."

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