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Choosing the right data centre solution

When it comes to colocating your IT infrastructure, choosing the right data centre solution is an important decision to get right. There are an increasing number of options to choose from, but not all options are created equal. When data centres aren’t your core business, it can be a mine field of information. So how do you find the right information to make a decision that’s right for you?

When it comes to selecting a colocation solution that’s right for your business, comparing apples with apples is crucial. Solutions vary by data centre provider, and although they may appear the same, they often aren’t.

We have included some key considerations to help you weigh up your options accurately;

kVA is not kW – Some solutions are sold as kVa and others kW. Comparing kilovolt-ampere (kVA) with kilowatts (kW) are not comparable. Make sure you ask the question, because the difference matters. kW is the globally standardised unit measurement for real power while kVA is a unit measurement of apparent power that can be as low as 0.8 of a kW.

EXAMPLE: When we provide you a 2kW rack, you get 2kW of actual power to that rack. When a competitor sells you a 2kVA rack, that doesn’t equate to 2kW of power, it’s ~1.6 kW. Always compare, the difference matters.

Only pay for power that you use – At NEXTDC, we make 100% of your contracted power available. However some data centres will automatically upgrade you to the next level of billable power when you hit 80% usage. So your 2kVA (~1.6kW) needs to be upgraded once you’ve used 1.6kVA (~1.28kW). When evaluating requirements vs what you receive, this is a level of detail we recommend understanding up front. 2Kw Vs 1.28kVa?

Additionally, we don’t force power upgrades. If your power usage is consistently over-subscribed, our objective is to work with you to establish the right step forward. To ensure you are always aware of your power usage, we enable you to monitor your usage in real time in our ONEDC data centre management portal which is provided free of charge with every NEXTDC solution.

What is the uptime guarantee in your SLA? – Can your business afford to be unavailable to your customers even 1% of the time? It’s important you understand your service guarantee when your brand and revenue stream is at risk. NEXTDC offers an industry leading 100% uptime guarantee for power, security and connectivity to your rack. Our facilities are built and independently certified as being the only data centres in the market to guarantee that level of resiliency, making NEXTDC the best positioned provider in the market to deliver your business a 100% service guarantee.

Is your data centre solution independently assessed and certified? – Many claim to be the best, or word-class, but how do you determine if this is validated? The truth is that there is only one globally recognised company that independently assesses and certifies data centres to the highest global standards, and that is Uptime Institute. As the Trademark owner for Tier certification, with a 25-year history as the global leader in third-party verification of data centre quality, Uptime are the pinnacle of data centre standards. In order to deliver a 100% SLA, our facilities must be built to the highest quality, as such we invest in adhering the highest standards globally. We have built Australia’s only Uptime Tier IV certified data centre network, and thereby verified as being fully fault-tolerant and able to withstand all individual equipment failures or distribution path interruptions. If your data centre isn’t Uptime Institute certified, it isn’t best-in-class. If your data centre partner can’t demonstrate who independently assessed and certified the quality of their data centres, they likely aren’t built to world-class standards.

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POWER

Standard rack power allocation from 2kW to 6kW. With no compulsory power upgrades.

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REDUNDANCY

A + B redundant power via 32A single phase underfloor feeds.

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POWER RAILS

Two in-rack power rails for rack-level redundancy and multiple hardware support.

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ANALYTICS

ONEDC real-time data centre management. Including power usage, visualisation tools, predictable planning, reporting and alerts.

Rack Ready Solutions

Our rack ready colocation solutions consist of pre-installed racks in every data hall, with full power and connectivity capabilities ready from your service commencement.

Depending on your specific requirements, NEXTDC rack ready solutions can accommodate quarter rack to full rack, and single rack to 10 contiguous rack configurations.

Quarter Racks

Quarter racks are a simple solution for those looking for a smaller footprint and ability to scale their IT infrastructure as requirements evolve.

They are individually secured and feature the same inclusions as the standard Rack Ready Package.

Standard Racks

Our standard Rack Ready package is suitable for individual or multiple racks.

Each NEXTDC standard Rack Ready package includes a subscription to ONEDC for managing your service.

Racks are provided already fully installed within our data halls, which feature energy-efficient hot and cold aisle containment and have colour-coded doors to indicate the correct equipment installation and airflow.

Rack Block

If you order 10 or more contiguous racks, they can be supplied as a Rack Block.

Rack Blocks provide you with extra flexibility because you're able to share the total power allocation across all the racks in your block.

Standard rack configuration

Data Centre Rack Unit (RU) Depth (mm) Width (mm) Additional Width Option (mm)

B1 Brisbane

42

1070

600

800

B2 Brisbane

45

1200

600

800

S1 Sydney

45

1200

600

800

S2 Sydney

45

1200

600

800

C1 Canberra

42

1200

600

800

M1 Melbourne

45

1200

600

800

M2 Melbourne

45

1200

600

800

P1 Perth

45

1200

600

800

P2 Perth

45

1200

600

800

Monitor your data centre assets from any data centre, anywhere with ONEDC ®


FastStart colocation — pay-as-you-go

FastStart allows you to kick-start your colocation service fast, on a month-to-month contract.

Designed to scale with you as your needs evolve, FastStart offers you the same Rack Ready colocation capabilities, without the minimum terms, to help get you established in one of our world-class facilities, fast.

FastStart is ideal for any business a data centre requirement, or simply for those wanting to trial the benefits of colocation with a trusted data centre provider, before making a full commitment.

What is included with FastStart?

FastStart is available at any of our nine data centres, nationwide.

  • Start by choosing your rack size and power required: Quarter racks are 1kW to 2kW; Full racks are 2kW - 6kW
  • Add the services you need: AXON, Cross Connects, Remote Hands technical assistance and your IDAC's required
  • Select your service commencement date
  • Move in.


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