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Northpower has officially unveiled their 20-foot data centre collaboration with Schneider Electric.

The data centre, designed to significantly increase availability and redundancy of internal IT systems, was unveiled at Northpower’s Whangerei headquarters on April 26. This new concept is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, and was hundreds of thousands of dollars cheaper than traditional data centre designs, according to the company.

Northpower Chair Nikki Davies-Colley says the data centre is a good addition to the business due to its energy efficiency, increased security and lower operational costs.

“The complexity of this design and build created numerous challenges but the success of the project meant that when the container landed at Northpower’s Whangarei head office, it was plugged in and instantly operational,” she said.

“The facility also has provision for the future requirements of Ultra-Fast Broadband points of presence and could expand into co-location services for resellers (eg. Other companies storing their servers in the data centre).”

Since the unveiling of the data centre, Schneider Electric has already been commissioned to construct a similar design in Australia.

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