Palmerston North-based Advantage Computers has opened what it says is the first tier three datacentre in the Manawatu region.
Director Mark McGillivray says one of the main reasons behind the build was the ability to offer full data replication services to Wellington customers.
McGillivray says Palmerston North is an ideal location for such services as it is outside the 100km minimum distance standard for data recovery centres, and is within the 150km limit for synchronous replication. In addition, he says it is a convenient drive from Wellington and there is less risk of earthquake damage than in Wellington.
”Not surprisingly, the first installed client is replicating their IT services from Wellington,” he says.
Other customers include small local firms, but McGillivray says the datacentre is also aimed at giving other resellers the chance to “make good profit bundling their services utilising our datacentre space, host, replication and backup.”
As well, further customers could include other government and commercial organisations.
“There is economy in utilising shared facilities and staffing expertise. This initiative is designed to provide a practical alternative to establishing your own dedicated datacentre that would involve enormous time, capital and operational costs,” he says.
Advantage’s datacentre took two years to develop, with plans to build a further stage as demand grows. The aim is for resellers to become customers of the centre, rather than rivals.
“By partnering with us, resellers are now able to offer their clients full server redundancy, eliminating the need to roll back even one transaction,” McGillivray says.
“The level of investment to be able to offer these services is in the millions of dollars, not just in the datacentre design, construction and implementation, but also in staff training and ongoing maintenance and utility costs. Advantage Computers has made this investment and Wellington resellers are ideally positioned to capitalise on the sales of products and services that until now was the exclusive realm of the big boys,” he says.
McGillivray says the first stage encompasses 1000 square foot space for 28 full-sized racks, while the second stage will accommodate a further 24 racks.
Features include extensive connectivity with dual fibre (coming off different street frontages); redundant power supply through dual mains power feeds, N+1 UPS and a diesel fuel generator that will sustain the datacentre indefinitely until main power supplies are restored.
“The datacentre can provide online backup, managed services, co-location, virtual server hosting and full DR provisioning of both space and capability,” McGillivray says.
Staff are also trained in and certified for technologies from Microsoft, EMC, VMware, Quest and Aruba.