T4 Modular Data Centres power FrontierDC’s Australia expansion

FrontierDC, an Australian technology and hosting organisation, has signed a mutually exclusive agreement to deploy the multi-award winning Cannon Technologies T4 range of modular  datacentre solutions to power its Data Centre Parks expansion across the continent.

Source: Datacentres.com, 29 October 2014

The project will see FrontierDC increase its footprint by investing in eleven major datacentres around Australia providing one million square feet of technical space. The company is aiming to pursue its disruptive business model, directly targeting wholesale customers with energy-efficient, carrier and technology-neutral data centres.

The first facility, The Garry Henley Data Centre Park, is imminent, becoming fully operational in the first quarter of 2015 at the Phoenix Business Park situated in Bibra Lake, a suburb of Perth in Western Australia. Hot on the heels of that launch will be two further sites due to be operational by Q3 2015. All of the FrontierDC Data Centre on Demand facilities will be populated with the Cannon T4 range of cutting edge MDC Pods.

A unique feature of the Cannon T4 MDC Pods allows for fast deployment in a safe and unobtrusive manner into a working environment, enabling FrontierDC to offer uniquely flexible accommodation options to its clients. The Cannon T4 Pods can be hand assembled in days within the host building using hand tools only, avoiding the need for dangerous manoeuvring using
heavy machinery. It is also possible to conjoin adjacent the Cannon T4 Pods into one large data hall for contiguous expansion.

“One of the main drivers in our market is a lower total cost of operation,” explains Carl Woodbridge, FrontierDC’s CEO, “and that was one of our main drivers in selecting the Cannon T4 MDC range, along with the agility of the product to upgrade components for customers. The customisation aspect is proving to be very popular.”

FrontierDC is using Cannon T4’s advanced DCIM software to further enhance the client advantage by enabling cutting-edge remote control and monitoring, driving efficiency, resilience, reliability, and security to achieve a robust and predictable environment with the additional benefit of reduced management load.

The partnership followed an extensive and thorough analysis by FrontierDC of modular datacentre solutions available from providers around the world. “We had quite a shopping list,” reveals Woodbridge. “We need to provide clients with a blend of cutting edge efficiency, truly granular incremental growth, high security, and expansion logistics without compromising the high
resilience required by their operations.” FrontierDC also required an unusually broad range of solutions to enable them to satisfy every type of client need at every Tier level.