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IBM Green Data Centre To Save Victoria University Thousands in Power Costs

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Melbourne, Australia - 07 Apr 2009: IBM today announced that Victoria University (VU) has selected IBM (NYSE: IBM) to design and build the university’s first green data centre. As a result of the green technology employed, Victoria University will be able to manage its increasing need for data management for the next decade, while expecting savings of up to $300,000 in power costs over the same period. In addition, the IBM solution will allow the University to achieve a ‘single logical data centre’ across two physical sites underpinned by cost-effective design.

Stephen Weller, Victoria University’s Pro Vice Chancellor - Students said: “The University has 11 campuses and sites from the CBD across Melbourne’s west, providing education to more than 45,000 students. The data centre is critical to supplying educational services to all our students, as well as supporting the University’s administrative functions. With the rapid growth in data, we needed to make sure that we stay ahead of the game, and so acquired a design and solution that would cater for our data centre needs for the next 10 years – including increased power, cooling, space, and floor load capacity.”

The project involves IBM implementing a modular design approach to enable the University to minimise start-up energy demands from the existing site electrical supply. IBM will also employ an in-row cooling solution which offers targeted cooling at the heat load source, combined with free cooling chiller plant technology to leverage the favourable Melbourne climate. Smaller UPS module sizes will be used to maximise the amount of usable power and UPS efficiency. This will all result in both substantial energy savings and the elimination of hot spots to provide an optimum equipment operating environment. 

Energy efficiency is also important to the University. The solution is cost-effective to own and operate, with up to 45 per cent less power consumption than a conventional design, potentially saving more than 300000 kW per year of energy. 

“The IBM solution includes a high level of reliability, as the power and cooling systems have been designed for high availability and scalability with little or no downtime. Furthermore, the solution will help the University avoid more than 230 tonnes of CO2 carbon emissions per year,” said Malcolm Mackay, IBM Australia Executive, Site and Facilities Services. “This agreement demonstrates the University’s technical and environmental leadership.”

The agreement was signed in March 2009.

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