HP announces new Sydney data centre

Multi-million data centre investment will be based on HP's own Converged Infrastructure

Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced it is to invest millions in a new next-generation data centre to be located in Western Sydney, as part of its bid to capture a greater slice of the booming data centre market.

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The investment — part of a $US1 billion transformation to retire legacy assets and build new, modernised facilities — will help the vendor capture more of the growing spend on Cloud computing services, application modernisation and data centre transformation.

The data centre will be based on HP’s own Converged Infrastructure, which according to the vendor, will integrate server, storage, networking and management resources into a modular and adaptable design.

The data centre will also support variable power and cooling densities to help reduce power consumption and carbon footprint, and utilise HP’s automated management tools aimed at increasing availability, speed of provisioning and improved service quality.

Communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, said the new data centre would further drive Australia’s participation and competiveness in the digital economy.

“The data centre will provide vital infrastructure that will, among other things, allow more Australian businesses to move their IT operations to cloud computing, thereby reducing costs and improving information sharing,” Conroy said in a statement.

“I expect that industry, and particularly the ICT industry, will continue to play an important role in promoting the opportunities of the digital economy to enhance productivity through the use of ICT and the NBN.”

The centre, based at Eastern Creek, is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

Andrew McEachern, NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water manager data centres, recently spoke with Computerworld Australia about how to implement efficiency initiatives in data centres, the importance of cold aisle containment, and measuring and monitoring tools ahead of the Future-Proofing Your Data Centre Conference in Sydney.

Peter Czeti, manager infrastructure and client services at the CSIRO, also spoke with Computerworld Australia about how to draft and implement a three- to four-year data centre consolidation plan, and the impact of cloud computing and virtualisation on data centres.

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