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HP announces multimillion-dollar Next-generation data center in Waikato, New Zealand
Posted on 10-Mar-2011 14:04. | Tags Filed under: News.

HP has announced a multimillion-dollar investment to build and lease a next-generation data centre to be located in the Waikato district, New Zealand. The data centre will enable organisations to quickly respond to market demands and new revenue opportunities.

Business and government face a growing demand for services from their customers and communities. To meet these demands organisations need to address the challenges of aging infrastructure, under-utilised IT environments, application complexity and inflexible business processes.

HP’s Next-Generation Data Centre in Tuakau will provide IT resources to help organisations simplify applications, improve business process, while increasing operational efficiency and reliability. It will help them realise an Instant-On Enterprise in which technology is embedded in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners, and communities with whatever they need, instantly.

To achieve this the facility features:

— An architecture based on HP Converged Infrastructure that meets changing business needs. HP Converged Infrastructure breaks through traditional, rigid IT silos with an infrastructure specifically engineered to drive out costs and provide the foundation for agile service delivery. By integrating server, storage, networking and management resources into a modular and adaptable design, HP will be able to easily accommodate future IT requirements.
— Support for variable power and cooling densities to manage computing requirements of today and the future at industry-leading energy efficiency. This also results in reduced power consumption and carbon footprint.
— The HP Carbon Emissions Management Service, an assessment service that helps organisations calculate energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the use of IT. This will assist organisations with compliance-based carbon footprint reporting.
— Provide automated management built on HP’s industry-leading software tools. This will increase availability, speed of provisioning and improved service quality.
— The facility will provide high availability and have multiple power and cooling distribution paths and redundant components. This will reduce risk and deliver business continuity.
— The new Waikato facility, coupled with the existing Mt Wellington data centre in Auckland, will provide clients with an Active/Active configuration. The configuration enables concurrent systems to run with real-time synchronisation between the sites.

“Enterprises need the agility to adjust to dynamic market and community demands for fast, innovative services,” said Gavin Greaves, Country Manager Enterprise Services, HP New Zealand. “Having a sustainable infrastructure that combines a modern platform with the services capability of Enterprise Services means customers can concentrate more on their business and less on managing their IT.”

The Waikato data centre investment is part of HP’s US$1 billion transformation to retire legacy assets and build new, modernised facilities.

The facility will provide the infrastructure organisations need for cloud computing services, application modernisation and data centre transformation, enabling clients to devote more resources to innovation and increase productivity.

“New Zealand has a vibrant economy which encourages technology innovation and environmental sustainability. HP's energy efficient data centre in New Zealand, incorporating a high standard of design and capabilities will support digital infrastructure growth and initiatives,” said Rasika Versleijen-Pradhan, Senior IT Services Analyst IDC New Zealand. The facility will assist the New Zealand IT industry and provide a local platform for the provision of new high-tech infrastructure services to the region well into the future.”

The New Zealand centre is expected to be operational by early 2012.

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