[LINK] Federal CIO rules out super data centre
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed May 13 16:31:17 EST 2009
At 03:55 PM 13/05/2009, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>... Remember TomW's prediction made back in January:
> The 10,000 m2 ... of large government data centre space the Gershon
> Report found in Canberra, will be reduced to about 100m2.
>I don't see evidence of any reduction so far, never mind to 100m2. ...
It happens that I had a tour of Canberra Data Centres (CDC) new
facility in Canberra on Tuesday
This is a commercial data center set up to host government and
non-government computer systems. It is located in a converted
warehouse in an industrial park. Apart from the emphasis on green
computing and security, what is most impressive about this facility
is that it is open for business and is servicing clients already,
unlike some other proposals.
CDC are using water cooling and so can cater for ultra high density
blade servers. With this you could fit a very large amount of
computing power into a small space. But that would not necessarily be
cost effective, or logistically a good idea. As the GCIO says, the
government would need to have a number of data centres in different
locations for security and reliability reasons.
Also keep in mind that my 100m2 estimate was based on rationalizing
ICT across the government, not just sticking all the existing
inefficiently designed, duplicated systems into one data center.
I have suggested CDC offer a service where full backup power is not
required. One side effect of web based applications and power
efficient servers is that you don't have to run the system at full
power all the time. As a result, you could throttle the system back
to use less power when mains power is not available.
More on this at:
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