University of Melbourne selects IBM to deliver advanced cooling technology

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Melbourne, Australia - 20 Apr 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the University of Melbourne, a world class research university, has selected IBM to design and install a high efficiency, high density cooling solution to support new IT initiatives such as Cloud and Research computing, in its new data centre, Data Hall 2.

As part of the three-year services agreement, IBM Global Technology Services will implement a cooling solution incorporating its patented “Rear Door Heat Exchanger” technology in the new data centre, as well as a number of third-party racks and data centre management technology.

IBM will also provide a range of design, maintenance and support services over a three-year period.  

The University reviewed a range of close-coupled cooling solutions offered by other vendors and selected the IBM Rear Door Heat Exchanger solution because of its flexibility, simplicity and low operating costs.

“Our new data centre, which goes live toward the end of the year, will be a mixed density computing environment and will contain high density equipment to support the University’s research programs,” said Peter Sack, Infrastructure Services Director, University of Melbourne.

“The Rear Door Heat Exchanger allows us to design the layout of the data centre according to a computing paradigm rather than a cooling paradigm - our equipment layout is not contingent on the location of the cooling. It lets us have any density, anywhere. This is important as our high density computing requirements increase over time.”

Depending on the configuration, IBM’s Rear Door Heat Exchanger based solutions can remove up to 26kW of heat generated in a rack, sufficient to completely cool a fully populated rack of blade servers. 

“The energy efficiency of the IBM solution was also a major drawcard. It allows us to increase our computing capacity in a cost-effective way along with supporting our sustainability aspirations,” said Mr Sack.

“IBM is delighted to work with the University of Melbourne and provide them with a data centre solution that delivers optimal energy efficiency, operational simplicity, low on-going costs to support their changing computing requirements,” said Joe Modica, Account Manager, Public Sector, IBM Australia.

The Rear Door Heat Exchanger solution is available to be pre-fitted onto a wide range of third party racks as part of a new build, or be retro-fitted onto existing racks in an operational data centre.

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