Tuesday, 21 June 2016 19:41

Nabers 4.5 star rating supports NextDC data centre ‘sustainability’

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Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider NextDC’s Melbourne data centre — which uses solar power as a supplementary energy source — has been certified to operate at a NABERS 4.5 star level of energy efficiency.

NEXTDC’s head of engineering and design, Jeff Van Zetten, said the NABERS certification process was begun in October 2014 and required a year of measurement and “considerable effort “from the company’s engineering team.

According to Van Zetten, the Melbourne centre (M1) is the first data centre in Asia Pacific to use solar power as a supplementary energy source, and a rating of the standard certified confirms NEXTDC’s commitment to meeting customer demand for keeping “IT and energy costs to a minimum and building a strong sustainability strategy”.

“M1 was designed to maximise the reliability of the critical plant that supports our customers’ needs, and at the same time we delivered an extremely energy-efficient data centre. Achieving these two goals hand-in-hand while operating at scale above 10MW is very significant. As the first data centre in Australia to operate at a NABERS 4.5 star level, M1 is realising the NABERS intent to genuinely benchmark efficiency and support the long-term sustainability of our industry.”

The chief operating officer of NextDC, Simon Cooper, said while reliability and speed of access to data are the key concerns for data centre operators, sustainability is an increasing priority. "We continue to invest in this area as it is fundamental to the sustainability of all businesses, as well as the future needs of Australia’s IoT-based society."

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