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Power Distribution – Follow the Leader or Lower OPEX for Your Organization

Posted by on February 16, 2015  |  No Comments

Waite Ave

Waite Ave

Historically, our US based standards have gone against the rest of the world.  Take the metric system and the US resistance to adapt to a system the rest of world uses. Sure we know a football field is measured in yards, engine power is measured in horsepower, air conditioners are measured in tonnage but, is our reluctance to adapt to a world-wide standard so valid to waste enormous amounts of money with outdated, poorly designed electrical distribution.  I will make the case for the 415/240 method of electrical distribution in the following white paper. The paper is designed to get those who design electrical distribution, specifically in the data center world, thinking “Can we do it better?”.

Click Here to Download White Paper “Power Distribution Architectures”

Universal Networking Services Appoints VP of Operations, Waite Ave, to Denver, Colorado

Posted by on December 22, 2014  |  No Comments






Waite Ave, VP of Operations for Universal Networking Services Locates to Denver, Colorado.

Denver, Colorado, December 22, 2014 Universal Networking Services, a leading provider of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services proudly announce the appointment of VP of Operations, Waite Ave to the Denver, Colorado office.

While serving as VP of Operations, Waite will focus on the development and implementation of strategic business initiatives with both vendor and industry partners to bring more value to each customer.  Additionally, he is responsible for the development and management of key customer relationships.  In concert with his operational roles at UNS, he will also concentrate on raising visibility to the market that operational efficiency is key to an organization’s success by offering solutions with strong ROI and operational reliability.  He will facilitate improvements in service delivery and standardization to deliver the right solution for each client.

Mr. Ave states, “I am excited to be a part of the Denver data center community.  As the demand on technology increases, the design, installation and operation of IT infrastructure requires a professional and reliable service partner.  Today’s IT departments face complex challenges that demand forward looking solutions.  At UNS, our process begins with a complimentary audit of your current facility.  This enables us to offer solutions that maximize investment while increasing reliability and availability.  As Datapod’s North American Partner, UNS can now deliver complete turn-key data centers of any size within 12 weeks.  Our partnership with Datapod will include a US-based demonstration center and final assembly facility in the upcoming year as we expand our operation to include modular data center offerings.”

Please help to welcome Waite Ave to the Denver data center community.

About Universal Networking Services 

Universal Networking Services is an industry-leading provider of power and cooling solutions for mission-critical IT infrastructure.  From planning to site commissioning, our engineered solutions are reliable, scalable and modular to increase efficiency and lower operational expenses.  Our services include:  design/build, product acquisition, installation, management and maintenance services.

To learn more about Waite Ave  please contact Waite at

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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 ( 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


Simply contact Sales Director Adam Smith on +61 1300 724 405 or  In United States, please contact Waite Ave at 281-825-9790 or


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


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 or call 281-825-9790.

Data Center 2.0 Technology Drives Triple Bottom For Universities

Posted by on June 10, 2013  |  No Comments



EXCLUSIVE INVITATION: Innovative Australian data center manufacturer Datapod and global provider of energy critical infrastructure Schneider Electric invites Queensland universities to a Data Centre 2.0 presentation.

The lunchtime presentation will provide Queensland universities with the opportunity to learn more about the Data Center 2.0 paradigm and how it can deliver a triple bottom line including better student outcomes, reduced carbon emissions through energy efficiency and reduced operational and capital costs.

The Data Centre 2.0 presentation features the latest green, modular data centre technology and how this manufactured approach can drive benefits for each university.

The benefits for universities include:

·         Enhancing teacher outcomes and student experiences by providing a leading Data Centre 2.0 technology infrastructure platform,

·         Driving down IT CAPEX and OPEX costs by deploying a modular data centre system that enables the university to ‘clip on’ extra capacity as data centre needs grow,

·         Reducing the university’s carbon footprint by accessing leading energy efficient data centre technology,

·         Enabling the university to be more responsive to change, exploit IT and de-risk data centre investment by leveraging from the manufactured and factory acceptance tested Datapod technology,

·         Enable the university to create new commercial revenue streams and capitalise on the trend to offer data centre and cloud computing services to external organisations.

When and Where:
The lunch time presentation will take place on Wednesday 12 June 2013 at the Schneider Electric Queensland Office located at:

Schneider Electric Office and Manufacturing Complex
80 Schneider Road,
Eagle Farm, Brisbane.
(Assemble in the Foyer).
Time:12.00 midday – 1.00pm

Numbers are strictly limited and booking is essential

RSVP: by 5 June 2013 to

Who should attend?

·         CIO’s

·         CFO’s

·         IT Infrastructure Managers

·         IT hardware project managers

·         IT or related Directors and Associate Directors

For more information about the International Design Award winning Datapod System visit the Datapod Resources page.

For further information about future presentation sessions in Australia  please contact Gordon Watson at or in North America contact Waite Ave at

New Datapod App Streamlines Data Center Design

Posted by on January 25, 2013  |  No Comments

The Datapod App will streamline data center design

January 25, 2012: CIO’s from around the world can now design their own data centers and produce a personalized proposal within minutes thanks to a new App released by innovative Australian data center manufacturer, Datapod.

The Datapod App enables CIO’s to design their own data center.  Datapod Founder and Director, Scott Carr, said the new App is another way Datapod is better servicing the needs of the industry.

The free Datapod App for the iPad is available for download from the App Store. Once the App is downloaded customers can start designing their next data center.

Using the Datapod App customers have a number of data center design options from which to choose, including how many racks, the density, the type of cooling and build in redundancies as well as other infrastructure.

Once the data center requirements have been selected the App then generates a personalized report for the customer which can be viewed as a PDF document.

The Datapod App empowers data center designers by streamlining the design process.

“The Datapod App is an extension of the efficient modular Datapod system. The App cuts down the time required to design a data center by helping customers better identify their needs. Better still, because our modular data centers are manufactured and tested before deployment our customers can have a fully operational data center within three months of accepting a proposal,” Mr Carr said.

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a 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.

Please feel free to email or contact us to learn more.

Event Invitation: “Join The Conversation-Modular Data Center Solutions”

Posted by on November 8, 2012  |  No Comments

 Showcasing Datapod’s rapid remote deployment capability for a truly Modular and Expandable Data Centre solution.

Presentation Details

Title:  “Datapod-Who Will You Rely On?”

Speaker:  Adam Smith, Datapod Director of Operations

Location:  Denver DoubleTree, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80204

Time:  Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 1:00PM

Presentation Overview

Datapod, a leading energy efficient modular data center manufacturer announced today that its Director of Operations, Adam Smith, will be conducting  a presentation on modular data center design on November 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

According to recent market research (451 Group), “The datacenter industry is at the beginning of a period of fundamental, disruptive change. A combination of technological, economic and market factors have been coming together, with the result that data centers are increasingly being engineered and constructed in a fundamentally different way than in the past. The emergence of prefabricated, modular data centers will have a major impact on the datacenter industry – its ecosystem, its economics and its technology.” During the presentation-“Datapod-Who Will You Rely On?”-Mr. Smith will introduce Datapod’s methodology of standardized, pre-engineerd and pre-built set of building blocks. Being widely adopted as the future of Data Centers, 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.

Who Should Attend

  • Data center owners and operators-challenged by the growth demands of their customers 
  • Multi-tenant and enterprise data center decision makers-charged with developing future technological data center strategies 
  • Architectural, engineering and design firms-specialized in data centers
  • Traditional data center equipment vendors (i.e. power and cooling infrastructure)- focused on the future data center market 
  • Financial professionals-evaluating investments in data center properties and companies
  • Financial professionals-evaluating investments in modular data center equipment vendors
  • Real estate and planning professionals-currently targeting the data center industry 
  • Hosting, cloud and managed services companies

About The Guest Speaker

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

About the Sponsors

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a 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.

RSVP Requested

To learn more about this event or to RSVP please contact Waite Ave at or 281-825-9790.

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