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Data Center 2.0 ‘Perfect Storm’ Presentation In Silicon Valley-Register Now

Posted by on July 19, 2013  |  No Comments

Innovative Data Center Manufacturer Datapod™ announced today that Adam Smith, Director of Operations, will be delivering presentation on July, 30 2013.   

San Jose, CA, July 19, 2013 – Leading energy efficient modular data center manufacturer Datapod™ announced today that its Director of Operations, Adam Smith, will be delivering his presentation “Data Center 2.0 – The Perfect Storm Has Arrived” on July, 30 2013 in San Jose, CA.

According to Mr. Smith and other industry experts the data center industry is at the beginning of a period of fundamental, disruptive change.

A combination of technological, economic and market factors have created the perfect storm, resulting in  data centers increasingly engineered and constructed in a fundamentally different way than in the past and this will be the focus of his presentation.

Mr. Smith said, “The emergence of prefabricated, modular data centers will have a major impact on the datacenter industry, in fact the revolution has already begun.”

During the presentation, “Data Center 2.0 -The Perfect Storm Has Arrived”, Mr. Smith will introduce Datapod’s methodology of standardized, pre-engineered and pre-built set of building blocks.

Being widely adopted as the future of Data Centers (Data Center 2.0), the Datapod System is a truly modular, scalable set of building blocks that has been designed over several years enabling users to realize the benefits of standardization, manufacturing efficiencies and reduced time to deployment.

The system has proven to help clients align their infrastructure deployments to their technology requirements-in both size/capacity, time to deployment, duration of useful life and location/flexibility.

Presentation Topic Highlights: 

  • What is Data Center 2.0?
  • What problem does modular solve?  The fundamental challenges of traditional ‘brick and mortar’ design
  • High demand for data center capacity that outpaces the speed of traditional construction method is creating a real need for innovation.
  • Major drivers for considering/investing in modular data center technology:  financial, speed, reliability and efficiency
  • How the cloud fits into the picture
  • Industry Case Study

Speaking Session Details

Title: “Data Center 2.0 – The Perfect Storm Has Arrived”

Speaker: Adam Smith, Datapod Director of Operations

Where: San Jose Marriott

301 S. Market Street

San Jose, CA 95114

When: July 30, 2013 at 1:00PM-3:00PM

Learn More

To learn more about this event or to RSVP please contact Waite Ave at waite.ave@datapod.com or 281-825-9790.

About Guest Speaker

Adam Smith, Director of Operations and Co-Founder of Datapod, is an authority on the challenges faced by CEOs & CIOs in managing their data center infrastructure needs and is at the forefront of the latest developments and innovation in telecommunications, cloud computing & data center solutions.  With the extensive experience in the leadership of diverse global organizations, Adam’s success includes executive roles with APC-Australia/PAC and Datapod.

About Datapod 

Datapod™ delivers an unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. We can provide the data center community an alternative solution that maximizes their investment and increases the reliability and availability of their mission-critical facility.  Datapod is an unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering. Datapod has extended the concept of modular data center design to include critical site infrastructure such as modular generators, chillers, and deployment services thereby providing a complete infrastructure solution for data centers. By enabling data center users to deploy when they like, where they like and for how long they like, the Datapod system offers performance superior to that of  a “bricks and mortar” data center facility, deploys faster and at a more cost-effective price point.

Datapod in Silicon Valley For Talks

Posted by on July 15, 2013  |  No Comments

Innovative Data Center Manufacturer Datapod™ announced today that Adam Smith, Director of Operations, will be touring the US coast to coast from July 22-July 31.

July 16, 2013:  Datapod Director Adam Smith will be in Silicon Valley for a series of meetings with some of the world’s largest IT companies to discuss upcoming data center deployments.

The Silicon Valley visit will take place later this month and will feature a Presentation session available to IT infrastructure managers and CIO’s wanting to learn more about smarter, modular data center deployments.

The Silicon Valley visit comes on top of Datapod’s first exports to Europe and further data center deployments for key customers in the Asia Pacific region.

The presentation session will provide customers in the United States a chance to learn more about Datapod and why the System is a leading Data Center 2.0 technology.

Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “We have had recent heavy interest from a number of organizations in the United States, especially around the Silicon Valley hub. This tour is an opportunity to meet with those customers and also develop further business partnerships in the United States.”

Datapod has recently strengthened the longstanding partnership with Universal Networking Services with the formation of Datapod USA.     The establishment of Datapod USA is pivotal to the expansion of Datapod and provides the company with on the ground services in one of the world’s largest markets.

“The development of the United States and wider North American market looms large on the Datapod horizon and we are working hard to establish category need and position Datapod as a leading solution in the modular Data Center 2.0 market,” said Mr Smith.

The modular Datapod System enables customers with high density applications to right size their data center needs and ‘clip on’ extra capacity as the needs arise.

To meet Datapod Director Adam Smith and to register your interest in the Datapod Silicon Valley presentation session email Datapod (waite.ave@datapod.com) or call (281)825-9790.

All Your Datapod Data Center Answers in One Place

Posted by on July 12, 2013  |  No Comments

Do you have a question about the Datapod System? Chances are you may find the answer here in our FAQ’s.

WHO IS DATAPOD?

Datapod is a multinational engineering firm focusing on innovation within the global data center market.

Formed in 2007 specifically to address the needs of clients wishing to maintain their data centers in-house, Datapod soon recognised the benefits of a fully end-to-end modular ‘building-block’ approach to data center infrastructure.

Developing a modular, scalable and interoperable set of data center building blocks, the system has been designed over several build-generations enabling users to realise the benefits of standardisation, manufacturing efficiencies and reduced time to deployment.

WHAT MAKES THE DATAPOD SYSTEM UNIQUE AMONG MODULAR DATA CENTER MANUFACTURERS?

Datapod are unique in offering  a complete site-infrastructure solution built from ISO-standardized building blocks, including all supporting systems such as power and cooling modules, and fire suppression. The expandable design of the Datapod module is innovative.

By incorporating a unique removable side-wall, and designing a waterproof joining mechanism, multiple ‘pods’ can be bayed together.

Customers can create a data center as big or small as they wish, when they wish.

The flexibility of this system now enables customers to tie their data center investments exactly to the expected business ROI, by investing in new capacity only if/when they need it.

The opposite is also true – with some customers needing to reduce their capacity over time. The concept of ‘data centers as a service’ or DaaS is an emerging trend, as more organisations move to colocation facilities and cloud related services, Datapod enables customers to scale down and provides lease options.

WHAT MAKES THE DATAPOD SYSTEM, A COMPLETE MANUFACTURED DATA CENTER?

The Datapod System provides the complete suite of site infrastructure sub-systems including IT-, facility and structural centric infrastructure systems for the day to day operation of your data center.

The Datapod System includes seven main building blocks, and the packaged services required to deploy and support these blocks.

The central component of any deployment will be the unique ‘Connection Node’.

The Connection Node could be described as a ‘plant room in a box’, because it contains all the connection points and services typically found in the plant room of a commercial building.

Once deployed onsite, the necessary services (mains power, generator power, chilled/condenser water, datacomms and network links can all be connected.

The backup generator and chillers to run the air-conditioning systems are incorporated in the Utilitypod, which feeds into the Connection Node.

The Connection Node then supplies these services into the first of the Datapod data center building-blocks – known as the Starterpod.

Then ‘Expanderpod’ building blocks can be added to give the customer the capacity and space they require.

To complete the data center space, the ‘Endpod’ is added. In some areas where climatic or environmental conditions dictate, an ‘Entrypod’ gives the facility an added degree of protection against unwanted elements entering the data center.

The Entrypod can also provide additional desk, storage or burn-in space.

To see how all of the Datapods can be used together, download the Datapod App from the App Store.

As each of the Expanderpod building blocks extends the IT capacity of the system, additional UPS and battery modules are incorporated. These are installed into the UPS chassis housed in the Starterpod, increasing power capacity and battery run time in accordance with the new rack capacity being added.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUY AND DEPLOY A DATAPOD DATA CENTER?

The Datapod System can be designed in minutes using the Datapod App, and then submitted to Datapod for review and validation.

The Datapod App will generate your configuration-specific purchase quote, and once ordered, the system can be built in 12-18 weeks.

Installation onsite will be complete within a few days. Similarly, expansion of the system will take a similar time to complete.

WHERE CAN I INSTALL A MODULAR DATAPOD SYSTEM?

The Datapod System is designed for external deployment, but is equally at-home undercover or in a building or other urban location.

The site must be level, and capable of supporting the weight and point-load of the modular system.

Upon ordering a system, Datapod will attend site to conduct a site inspection and report on the suitability of the proposed site.

Remedial work may be recommended prior to the delivery of the Datapod System.

There are no climatic or environmental limitations to where a Datapod can be deployed, the Datapod System is lightning and cyclone proof and can operate in a wide variety of harsh climate zones.

WHAT DOES THE CUSTOMER NEED TO DO PRIOR TO A MODULAR DATA CENTER INSTALLATION?

The customer will need to provide access to the site for the Datapod field service staff to allow them to assess the site.

Attention will be paid to suitability of the surface, access to the site, provision of adequate utility services and security. Once the site inspection service report is completed, the customer will need to act on recommendations in the report in order to be suitably prepared for the delivery and installation work.

These remediation works may be provided by Datapod.

CAN I EXTEND THE DATAPOD SYSTEM ONCE IT HAS BEEN INSTALLED?

Yes. If the customer has deployed a Starterpod, or Starterpod and Expanderpod(s), by removing the side wall (the ‘long’ wall of the module), additional Expanderpod(s) or an Endpod can be added.

During this process the system can remain operational – it is not necessary to shut down the Datapod system to expand.

HOW IS THE DATAPOD SYSTEM AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY DATA CENTER?

The Datapod System is designed within ISO-certified module dimensions for the purposes of tapping into the global freight and shipping industry, but that is where the similarities to the ubiquitous box end.  The modular design and the use of the award-winning APC InrowTM cooling systems means the waste heat from the racks is captured immediately by adjacent ‘in-row’ cooling units. Coupled with a Hot-Aisle-Containment system to ensure 100% of the exhaust heat is captured, making the Datapod System an energy efficient, environmentally friendly data center.

The all-weather proof Datapod achieves a low PUE with less energy required to cool the IT load on the inside. Better still the steel skin of the Datapod is recyclable when decommissioned.

WHERE WOULD I USE AN ENTRYPOD?

The Entrypod operates as an entry point which can serve a variety of functions.

By programming the door locks, an Entrypod can be used to ensure that only one door is open at any one time, thereby preventing ingress of airborne contaminants (dust, rain etc.). It also gives workspace that may be required where the Datapod has been located some distance from available office/workspace.

By fitting out the Entrypod as a network operations center or workstation, staff can be on hand as required.

WHAT REDUNDANCY DOES THE DATAPOD OFFER?

The various Datapod units feature in-built Racks, UPS and Inrow cooling units, configurable to achieve a variety of redundancy levels.

Additional redundancy can be achieved by using dual-Starterpods, thereby doubling the UPS capacity and achieving a highly resilient 2(N+1) power system, as well as redundant cooling pipework for the N+1 InrowTM cooling units. All equipment racks within the Datapod range ship with dual/redundant rackmount PDU’s.

WHAT RACK DENSITY OPTIONS DOES THE DATAPOD COME IN?

The Datapod System can be deployed in a density configuration suited to the customers’ requirements and is hot-scalable once in the field. For example a Datapod System deployed with an average rack density of 7kW can be hot-scaled to 15kW per rack. Likewise, a 15kW average rack density Datapod can be hot-scaled, to 30kW per rack without interruption to services.

WHAT SECURITY OPTIONS EXIST FOR THE DATAPOD?

The Datapod System itself is inherently secure, however security and monitoring enhancements can be selected. These include:

  • Physical security properties of a steel safe – upgradable to mil spec,
  • Provides the perfect faraday cage – signals and data shall remain secure even against EMP and evesdropping.,
  • Internal and external cameras,
  • Enhanced door and lock (Bilock) options,
  • Prox-card and magnetic lock options,
  • Perimeter fence or wall (site specific, on request).

IS THE DATAPOD SYSTEM A REMOTELY MANAGED DATA CENTER THAT CAN BE MONITORED FROM VARIOUS LOCATIONS?

All Datapod Systems include our Integrated Monitoring and Control (IMCS) which is a ModBUS -based device management appliance and offering local and remote access to performance data of the entire system.  Furthermore, the IMCS system can extend to integrate into other client systems, and can be supplemented by a range of industry Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) packages for further pro-active analysis on the performance of system.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM / MAXIMUM DATAPOD DATA CENTER CONFIGURATION?

Customers’ Datapod(s) can be arranged in any configuration from a few modules that make up 10kW to 10MW+ data center for location/relocation on any ground – indoors or out, in any condition, subject only to available land and power.

CAN THE DATAPOD BE STACKED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER?

Yes. Datapods can be stacked three-high to make the best use of your available space.

External flooring platforms, stairing, elevators and cladding can be erected to enable the ‘instant data center’. Furthermore, by utilising the ‘Entrypod’ with removable doors at each end, two separate Datapod Systems can be co-joined to create an endless containerised facility.

WHAT IS THE DATA CENTER WARRANTY?

All Datapod Systems, the APC InfraStruXure systems and all sub-assemblies included within the Datapod System carry a 12 month warranty.

A 12 month Onsite Support Contract, including periodic Preventative Maintenance Visits is included. Warranty, onsite support and preventative maintenance can be extended upon request.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK WITH DATAPOD?

Simply contact Sales Director Adam Smith on +61 1300 724 405 or adam.smith@datapod.com.au.  In United States, please contact Waite Ave at 281-825-9790 or waite.ave@datapod.com.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BOOK A DATAPOD FACTORY TOUR?

To arrange a factory tour or to attend a Datapod lunch and learn session contact Datapod Executive Consultant George Cvetanoski on +1300 724 405.

DATAPOD A LEADER IN DATA CENTER SAFETY

Posted by on July 12, 2013  |  No Comments

Datapod A Leader In Data Center Safety

An independent safety assessment company has recognized Datapod as a leader in safety.

The independent assessment was conducted by Proteus EPCM Engineers in a recent data center deployment for a global mining company in West Australian.

The assessment illustrated a commitment to safety with Datapod compliant or exceeding compliance in all but one category. There were over 150 areas covered in the report.

The report looked at a number of criteria including, work area condition, working with compressed gas, fire prevention, working at height, use and condition of tools and equipment, working with chemicals, material storage, personal protective equipment, working on ladders and elevated platforms as well as first aid, environmental management, project documentation, use of rigging and cranage, and general permits.

Mine sites are hazardous by nature and a place where safety is paramount and Datapod’s Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment Manager Shontelle Hellyer (Pictured above) said this report is confirmation of Datapod’s commitment to this area.

Ms Hellyer said, “This independent report is important to Datapod and our customers, as it shows we take safety very seriously when assembling and deploying our data centers. It also demonstrates our experience when we deploy data centers, we ensure our processes are in place before commencement of work on any site we work on, and this helps de-risk projects for our customers.”

Datapod believes their experience and high safety standards in the mining sector is a blue print for safely deploying modular data centers for other sectors, including the oil and petroleum industry as well as for the education, health and government sectors.

“For each Datapod deployment we implement a safety overview, site safety plan, risk assessment control, safety work method statements and an issues register which records any safety incidents from the job. Safe workplaces don’t just happen – they’re created. Our commitment to safety gives our employees peace of mind and our customers confidence knowing safety and environment are a top priority,” Ms Hellyer said.

For more information on the Datapod System in North America please contact Waite Ave at waite.ave@datapod.com or call 281-825-9790.