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Slideshow: Verb IT first with HP Performance Optimised Datacentre (POD)

Here's a sneak preview of the first operational HP POD next-generation data centre in the Asia Pacific region, located on the NSW Central Coast, north of Sydney

  • This unassuming warehouse office in an industrial park at Wyong on the NSW Central Coast is the site of the first HP POD installation in the Asia Pacific region. According to its operators, Verb DC, the portability of the POD made the location feasible and practical. As a bonus, the industrial park is adjacent to a power substation.

  • The HP POD installed at the [[xref:http://www.verbdc.com.au/|Verb DC]] site at Wyong on the NSW Central Coast. The location is a standard industrial warehouse. Notice the additional concrete slab under the POD - a necessary addition to cope with the weight of between 9 and 30 tonnes (if fully populated). The warehouse has a standard roller door through which the POD was delivered with two small cranes. The main warehouse area is not airconditioned.

  • Operating at higher than atmospheric pressure, the HP POD has a hot-aisle, cold-aisle design with recycled air being circulated by a series of hot-swappable fans. The air is passed over heat exchangers for cooling. The operating temperature of a POD can be upwards of 28 degrees Celcius. HP claim the design and thermal properties give the POD a low power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.25.

  • Standard 19-inch racks are fitted inside the POD and can house any type of network, computing and storage systems, not just HP equipment. Each rack can house up to five HP blade chassis.

  • Standard server and storage equipment inside the POD.

  • Overhead cable trays have been installed for the cabling to the POD. This door is an "emergency exit" and can be opened for servicing equipment. While not designed to be completely water proof, the POD has external drain pipes and can withstand being kept outside, however, it is recommended keeping the POD sheltered from the elements.

  • Behind the racks the POD again opens for serviceability. At the top the air is filtered and power is supplied the the racks.

  • Mains power is fed into the POD (red cabling) and it supports power from two sources for N+1 redundancy.

  • Dual, redundant switchboards at the back can control power to specific parts of the POD.

  • The kill switch. The POD has an emergency shutdown button that will stop it from operating. Of course, it is recommnded that access to the button be restricted to the people operating the POD.

  • A room next to the main warehouse houses the power distribution units for the POD.

  • A bank of APC UPSs is in the same room as the PDUs. This room is airconditioned, but, like the POD, operates at a higher temperature to avoid an unnecessary cooling load.

  • An onsite diesel generator at Verb DC can supply power to the POD in the event of a mains outage.

  • The NOC is in another room at Verb DC. It will be staffed by some six people during the day and at least one person around the clock.

  • The data networking equipment to link to the carrier partners (Telstra and Optus) is in another room at Verb DC. The cabling to the POD runs along the overhead cable tray.

  • Verb IT director Chris Clifford (left) and Triforce solutions architect George Kazangi. Triforce is doing services work around the POD project in conjunction with HP.

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