Sydney data centres keep cool in heat wave

Companies say extra load not affecting performance.

Despite energy demands increasing as temperatures reach 40 degrees Celcius in Sydney this week, data centres in the area have not yet reported any power failures.

According to a Macquarie Telecom spokesperson, there has been no negative effect on its data centres as a result of the recent weather conditions.

“Our data centres are equipped with redundant power components to guarantee continuous power availability and uptime," he said in a statement.

"Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and diesel powered generators provide the necessary power during utility interruptions, such as weather related events or transmission system failures."

The spokesperson said that if customers did happen to experience problems, they should contact the company data centre hub in Sydney.

Macquarie Telecom’s current Sydney data centre will be complemented by a new $60 million North Ryde facility to be built in late 2011.

Equinix managing director, Darren Mann, said in a statement that its International Business Exchange (IBX) were designed to take extreme temperatures into account.

“The high outside temperatures have placed extra load on our cooling infrastructure, however all equipment is performing as expected," he said. "We are maintaining our temperature and humidity service level agreements to our customers without issue."

The company operates two data centre facilities in Sydney called SY1 and SY2, and plans to open a third called SY3 in the second quarter of 2011 at a cost of $72 million.

A Fujitsu spokeswoman also said in a statement there were no issues at its data centres due to the heat wave.

“We have a number of data centres across Sydney, however due to confidentiality we can not discuss locations or capacity. In general terms our facilities are designed to withstand high temperatures such as those experienced this week in Sydney. They are sustainable and power efficient,” she said.

With respect to the Queensland floods, she reported that it is "business as usual."

“Our data centre is positioned, designed and constructed well above the 1:100 water mark. During the flood crisis we took certain counter measures such as increasing our onsite diesel storage to its maximum capacity in anticipation of prolonged mains outages. Our data centre was not affected by either flood waters or electricity mains failure,” she said.

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