Hewlett-Packard opens carbon efficient data centre

By Lilia Guan
Hewlett-Packard has opened its Aurora Data Centre for business in Sydney, New South Wales.
The centre is a facility, which supports a range of IT services, said vice president of Enterprise Services, HP South Pacific – Alan Bennett.
He told Government News the facility will address the challenges faced by many Australian government organisations.
These issues include; aging infrastructure; under-utilised IT environments; application complexity and inflexible business processes.
“Customers will not be leasing DC floor space from HP, but purchasing wide-ranging IT outsourcing services that are underpinned by this facility,” he said.
For government clients, Mr Bennett said a range of cloud services are being delivered from HP’s Aurora Data Centre, including HP Government Secure Cloud Services.
“To comply with Australian Government privacy and security requirements, data will be held in Aurora, which is an onshore, certified data centre environment, and accessed via a certified secure government gateway,” he said.
Mr Bennett said HP’s Aurora Data Centre will support variable power and cooling densities to manage computing requirements.
 “It means that a client with low density equipment is not paying for the high charges needed to support floor space geared for high density equipment.”
The HP Aurora Data Centre also features the HP Carbon Emissions Management Service, an assessment service that helps organisations calculate estimated energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the use of IT.
Mr Bennett said this will assist organisations with compliance-based carbon footprint reporting.
HP’s Aurora Data Centre features heating, ventilation and air-conditioning services, including air to air heat exchangers for the IT Cells, providing industry-leading data centre efficiency and helping to reduce the carbon footprint.
The data centre has a target Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.3, compared to an average data centre PUE recording of two to three.
However the PUE has not been independently evaluated, but was calculated by taking the total power used by the HP Aurora Data Centre and dividing it by the power actually consumed by the IT equipment within.

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