Aug 4, 2020

ServPac opens Hawaii's largest data centre

APAC
Data Centres
Disaster Recovery
Harry Menear
2 min
ServPac's MTP facility is both Hawaii's largest data centre, and the only one with Tier IV certification
ServPac's MTP facility is both Hawaii's largest data centre, and the only one with Tier IV certification...

Hawaii’s homegrown data centre operator and the state’s largest telecom provider, ServPac, announced on Monday the official opening of its new MTP data centre in central Oahu. The 30,000 square foot facility is situated in Mililani Tech Park, and ServPac is currently in the process of scheduling tours for interested parties.

First announced back in February, the MTP facility is not only the largest data centre in Hawaii, but also the islands’ only facility with a Tier IV certification. The data center delivers a 2N redundant critical power and cooling systems for guaranteed 99.999% uptime. 

The facility is carrier-neutral, with multiple fiber entrances, offering access to multiple providers and Servpac's fiber optic network. As the only Tier IV data center in Hawaii, MTP offers ServPac’s customers the most advanced power and cooling technology to safeguard their data from system outages and loss of mission critical information available in the state. With access to Hawaii's largest carriers, including Servpac's own dedicated fiber network, customers are able to access their data safely and efficiently, the company claims. 

The data centre’s location 10 miles inland and 850 feet above sea level, makes it particularly well suited to deliver business continuity and disaster recovery, particularly during the Pacific hurricane season, which lasts from June to the end of November. The data center also offers Disaster Recovery offices with 100 hot desks and 20 private suites, available on-demand for local businesses with back-up power. On-site amenities include a lounge room, kitchen, and conference rooms with 24x7 access. The Mililani location offers access for local businesses needing immediate protection from disruptive events such as hurricanes, tsunamis, and power outages. Located on a 5-acre lot, the facility offers expansion space based on customer demand.

"In the last 20 years, there have been no major investments for data centers in Hawaii," said Richard Zheng, President and Founder of Servpac, in a company press release. 

"Now more than ever, businesses need a reliable, local digital infrastructure to build their capacity and address their data needs. We've listened by expanding Hawaii's digital landscape with a best in class data center for customers in their own backyard." 

ServPac hopes that their new facility will provide an attractive cost-cutting option for Hawaiian and APAC businesses looking to reduce overheads and embrace digital strategies during the ongoing pandemic. 

Servpac, headquartered in Honolulu, is Hawaii's largest CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) providing integrated telecom, managed IT and data center solutions for Hawaii businesses. Established in 2004, Servpac offers data center colocation, fiber connectivity, private Cloud hosting, VoIP phones, and managed network for businesses - all supported by a dedicated fiber network and 24x7x365 customer support.

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Jun 15, 2021

Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres

Portacool
Kuul
cooling
Sustainability
2 min
As green data centre design becomes mission critical, rigid evaporative media can be the key to reducing your PUE and increasing your sustainability. 

The data centre industry is at a crossroads. As demand for colocation, hyperscale cloud, and edge solutions continues to rise, operators and enterprises are also facing up to the reality that sustainable design and operating practice are a mission critical component of the modern data centre. Going green is no longer an optional extra.

Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical foundation that underpins the modern world, and the demand for them continues to grow exponentially each year. Data centres must remain in constant operation in order to provide the services for which customers depend on them. 

This mission critical need, combined with the sector-wide push towards reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint throughout the industry, is making the search for innovative evaporative media solutions that keep systems running at peak efficiency an equally mission critical priority.

The two main sources of energy consumption in a modern data centre are its IT equipment and the cooling infrastructure used to keep that equipment cool. A 2017 study found that energy consumption as the direct result of cooling data centre IT equipment can amount to over 40% of the total energy consumption in a facility. From air cooling to liquid and evaporative chillers, data centre operators, finding the right cooling solution for your facility is a top-of-mind goal for any data centre operator. 

Courtesy of Portacool
Courtesy of Portacool

Portacool: keeping it Kuul 

Based in Center, Texas, Portacool is a portable evaporative cooling solutions firm that has been pushing the boundaries of mission critical infrastructure cooling technology since it entered the market in 1990. 

Through constant embodiment of its five brand pillars - Safety & Liability, Total Cost of Ownership, Productivity & Performance, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, and Life & Comfort Enhancing Solutions - Portacool has grown steadily over the past 30 years, continually reinforcing its reputation for industry-leading cooling solutions. 

Portacool’s solutions have been successfully applied throughout the agricultural and horticultural, manufacturing, industrial, business, entertainment, sports, home, and hobby industries - “anywhere cooling is needed and traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive.” 

The company’s sub-brand, Kuul, is Portacool’s answer to the growing need for reliable, sustainable cooling solutions in the data centre sector. Portacool manufactures three series of evaporative media – Kuul Control, Kuul Vitality and Kuul Comfort. Kuul Control is used in data centres, power generation and HVAC systems. Kuul Vitality is utilised primarily in the horticulture, poultry and swine industries. Kuul Comfort is exclusively made for usage in Portacool-branded portable evaporative coolers.

Kuul can help data centre operators lower their PUE dramatically, increasing the environmental sustainability of their facilities significantly as a result of its rigid evaporative media solutions. 

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