DCI purchases land in New Zealand to build new data centre
DCI Data Centres has announced it has received consent from the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to purchase land for a new major data centre, called DCI AKL01, in Auckland. According to DCI, the move is the “first step” towards establishing the company’s presence in the country.
The news follows other announcements by the company of additional investments into Australia, highlighting an increase in demand for secure cloud edge services and data centre capacity across the Asia Pacific region.
Malcolm Roe, Chief Executive Officer of DCI Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are delighted to be kicking off our cloud programme in New Zealand. These facilities will accelerate the adoption of cloud services, critical for enabling growth across all sectors of the economy. This site is the first step for us in New Zealand and we are currently finalising the selection of further sites to meet strong demand,” he says.
Roe adds: “Increasing cloud use in New Zealand is driving the demand for several high-capacity, environmentally-friendly data centres and other related infrastructure within the country. We are pleased to be playing a key role in the development of this vital part of the digital economy”.
Welcoming the news, Bill Cashmore, Auckland’s Deputy Mayor, said: “I am really pleased to see commercial developments ramping up at Westgate. Regional employment and commercial activities based around the whole of Auckland is a critical regional growth factor”.
Located in Westgate in North-East Auckland, DCI AKL01 will utilise DCI’s standard cloud data centre design. The company currently has two other large-scale data centres in Sydney and Adelaide, where it also recently announced an additional US$70mn for a Tier III cloud edge data centre.
What is DCI Data Centres and what does it do?
DCI Data Centres, also known as DCI, is a wholesale data centre provider operated by a management team based in South Korea, Singapore, and Australia. The team manages over 5.5mn sq ft of data centre and technology infrastructure, and currently has two data centre facilities in Australia.
The company is currently also expanding into the Asia-Pacific region, with the company claiming to serve enterprises, internet and cloud service providers, telecom companies, and government by delivering highly secure wholesale data centre facilities that are certified for compliance with industry-leading certification programmes.
Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report
Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030.
Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels.
The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric.
“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added.
As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said.
Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments
Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:
- Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
- Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
- Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.
Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.