During a recent roadshow APC New Zealand launched its partnership with Australian-based Datapod, which offers containerised datacentres.
APC country manager Andrew Kirker says Datapod’s containers overcome the challenges previously faced by those working in datacentres.
“With an old datacentre, you had to be the size of a midget to work in one. It was about how many servers you could pack in there. The benefit [of Datapods] is you can fit a full APC containment pod with two rows of racks. People can walk right around the centre, so it’s not a claustrophobic environment.”
To date, five companies have shown an interest in the containerised datacentres. Kirker says some of these firms are in the education sector, but he can’t name them.
“Education is going to be one of those key verticals for us. Those guys have an insatiable appetite for computing and storage,” he says.
Datapod managing director Scott Carr says his company’s containers can be deployed anywhere.
“If you’ve got a datacentre and you’re out of floor space, you’ve got to address it and we have the means. We can provide a solution that extends what APC does inside the server room.”
He adds the containers can be leased and customers are only charged for the components used.
Datapod plans to launch a smaller “mini-pod” container next year. “It largely came out of some feedback we got in Australia from the mining industry. It’s a rugged mini-pod still in the design phase and will be out early next year. We are offering all of our product range in New Zealand as we’ve had some strong interest,” says Carr.