Strategic Directions Presents at
Friday 23rd March 2010
Following the visit to Australia late last year of the CEO (Jill Eckhaus) and Founder (Len Eckhaus) of International Data Centre Forum. AFCOM – Mike Andrea was invited to present a Case Study on the design aspects of Australia’s leading Data Centre facility, at the International Conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee recently.
Speaking to a large audience of 250+ attendees – Mr Andrea highlighted the design criteria for Polaris ( a Joint Venture by Springfield Land Corporation and Suncorp, located at Springfield near Brisbane) – which so impressed Jill Eckhaus during her tour of the facility last year. Ms Eckhaus commented then, “ I believe that when it comes to data centre design Australia has a lot to teach the rest of the world.”
(A copy of the Slide Presentation is available on request from Strategic Directions.)
While he was in the USA, Mr Andrea took the opportunity to visit the GREENHOUSE Data Centre in Cheyenne, Wyoming, whose primary power source was wind. He also visited 2 other leading DC facilities – Sisters of Mercy, Tier IV data centre in Missouri (primary facility for health care), and Dupont Fabros, Tier III facilities in Virginia (large scale 32MW facility). The visits were part of the company’s ongoing research of world class, energy efficient data centre technologies and designs, and development of business relationships.
Strategic Directions is currently involved in the design of a number of world class, energy efficient data centres, able to be powered by alternate energy sources and technologies, such as geothermal, wind, solar, biomass, gas and hydro. Interest in this initiative is being shown by government and commercial organisations in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria South Australia, Tasmania and the USA.
Strategic Directions has recently designed a world’s best practice geothermal powered data centre (with zero carbon emissions) for Queensland based ASX Company Geodynamics, which has gained the attention of major international organisations.
With Data Centres already acknowledged as one of the heaviest industrial consumers of power around the world – the design of energy efficient, alternate energy data centres for the future is gaining the attention of Governments and Organisations around the globe, and these facilities will be a critical part of the international business communities’ drive to move to renewable energy power production and a reduction in carbon emissions.
Strategic Directions is at the forefront of this important design technology.