900 Trees is unquestionably a forest!
As we approach a milestone of generating 100 megawatts of power, we consider what this means for our planet. Since January 2014, OCDC’s solar installation has produced 51.2 megawatt-hours, the equivalent of planting over 900 trees.
OCDC’s solar array can at times supply up to 100% of critical IT power requirements, making it one of a small number of data centres who make this claim.
trees and counting!
In addition to our Support Portal (https://support.omniconnect.com.au) and email support, OMNIconnect is now offering support via Twitter.
To open a ticket, simply Direct Message @OMNIconnectDC.
In addition to support, the @OMNIconnectDC account will also be used to share news, announcements and alerts.
OCDC isn’t Melbourne’s biggest, most publicised or centrally located data centre…. but we believe that’s a good thing! A data centre that is big, well known and in the CBD may not be suited to those wishing to colocate critical servers and data where flexibility, discretion and location being outside the ‘Risk Zone’ are important factors in choosing a colocation facility.
OMNIconnect offer the following combination of features at OCDC making it a very unique data centre.
Most Melbourne data centres are located in and around the CBD. However, many organisations have the requirement (perhaps due to compliance for preference) to be outside the so called ‘Risk Zone’ of Melbourne CBD. OCDC is safely located 20km outside the 15km ‘CBD Risk Zone Radius’ (a total of 35km) to ensure enough distance from the potential risk associated with being located within or close to the CBD.
Technicians will agree, that getting into a data centre in the city can sometimes be an ordeal that can add real over head of wasted time, money and inconvenience. Especially in the case of an emergency.
OCDC is positioned to make access for those authorised as easy as possible. Located at the end of the CityLink freeway with complementary, secure off-street parking. Some would say that travelling to OCDC is an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Compare that with heading into the city for server maintenance where gridlock, red lights and parking tickets are all part of daily routine for an IT support tech.
Simple things like rebooting a server, inserting a DVD from an ejected drive, or checking the error message on the front of a tape library can involve a call out, a fee, and a delay. At OCDC, a team of technicians work only metres away from your hosted equipment and can provide you with a service that is the next best thing to being there yourself (possibly even better).
OMNIconnect the Carrier.
OCDC brings two industries together that compliment each other so well. Not only does OMNIconnect privately own and manage its own data centre and facilities, but it is also a licensed Telecommunications Carrier. This means that if you choose OMNIconnect can not only house your IT equipment, but can provide connectivity via microwave, fibre or copper back to your offices. In addition to our own state wide network, OMNIconncet has wholesale agreements with most of the major network providers so thats wherever you are located, the best connectivity options are available.
Size, Flexibility and Staff.
‘Boutique Data Centre’ this is something you will hear us say often in that we keep things personal.. The bigger, the better? We don’t agree. Each of our support staff know each of our colocation clients, which means that our clients can call and speak directly to support staff and not have to start from scratch every time they call.
Being able to pick up the phone and speak to a data centre technician directly and have a dedicated account manager who knows the services that you have with OMNIconnect is really valued by our clients. In this industry, this type of service is a thing of the past, but we intend to go against the crowd and keep our personal touch alive.
OCDC has gone to great lengths to reduce carbon footprint by reducing its power consumption and choosing efficient cooling systems and methods.
Conventional data centres waste an immense amount of energy, inefficiently cooling their data halls with refrigerant based air-conditioning during months when the outside temperature is actually lower than the data centre set-point. This never made sense to us… Why not use the outside air cooled by nature?
The result is a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of 1.2 at OCDC, a figure only the most efficient data centres in the world can boast to have achieved.
In addition to this, OMNIconnect has installed a solar system that powers up to 100% of IT load during full sun… That’s right, during the day OCDC is mostly powered by the sun!
Fair ‘Pay for Use’ Power Policy.
Many Data centres include a measure of power with the rack package, but if you don’t use all your allocated power, then you may be paying for something you don’t use.
OCDC encourages the use of power energy efficient servers, by offering low rack pricing and metering the power our customers use. Customers can view their usage via dashboard and can plan accordingly.
Additionally this also means that consumers who have standby equipment, pay only for the backspace they occupy and not for the power they’re not using.
Many Data centres have some of the above features, but few if any, could claim all of the above. These unique features are why many have chosen to colocate hosted servers at OCDC.
If you’re looking for data centre to host your server infrastructure and the above things are important to you, please call and speak to one of our Support team members on 03 9770 3333 or email email@example.com
Considering some of the distinct advantages of each option will help you find the correct solution for your application.
At OMNIconnect, Virtual Private Servers (VPS) provide the following advantages over dedicated servers:
- Lower entry cost (starting from $44/m)
- Month-to-month commitments
- Easily scale up or down as required
- Faster provisioning time
The trade off with VPS is that you are sharing resources. While some resources are dedicated (such as memory), others are shared (such as disk i/o), and at busy times this may impact your application. If you have an application such as a database server that requires 100% resources available, then VPS may not be the best option for you.
So, why would you choose a dedicated server over a VPS?
- 100% dedicated resources
- Full control of the hardware
- Full control of the the networking
- Easier to relocate physical host
So it really comes down which matters more to you: Flexibility (VPS) or Dedicated Power (Dedicated).
If you would like to get our thoughts on your specific application, please contact us and we will endeavour to guide you to a solution that will work best for you.
We know… its taken a while, but its here! OMNIconnect’s updated website has now been launched and we are happy to say goodbye to the old.
The new site incorporates access to our support portal, as well as direct links to other portals such as webmail and the OCDC Dashboard.
Take a look around… you may discover services OMNIconnect offer that you weren’t aware of.
Original Article Posted Here: http://www2.enphase.com/eblog/2015/featured-array-omniconnect-data-center/
OMNIconnect provides hosted data services for Australia-wide and international businesses. Rapidly growing, OMNIconnect is taking on more data, more equipment,
more staff, and ultimately, is using more energy.
Accommodating High Energy Demands
OMNIconnect, a licensed telecommunications carrier and internet service provider based in Melbourne, Australia, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and consumes nearly 400MWh of energy each year. Reliant on this energy to deliver critical, high-value data around the clock, OMNIconnect was running the risk of its demand outstripping supply from the grid.
To provide additional support for its existing power supply, OMNIconnect turned to local installer MORE Solar Energy to install a solar PV system that would help not only increase its power source, but also reduce operating expenses and carbon footprint.
The 50kW system is being built in two phases, the first being 30kW, and the second being 20kW.
“Enphase technology is essential in the site’s future expansion. OMNIconnect will be utilizing more roof space and plans to expand its solar system at the same time,” said Leon Fong, Project Manager of MORE Solar Energy. “The inverter company we chose had to offer an easy and cost-effective way to expand; Enphase did.”
Doing Right by the Environment
Already environmentally conscious, the OMNIconnect Data Centre houses a range of innovative solutions for lowering its impact on the planet, including economized cooling, lighting sensors, energy saver lights and natural ventilation. The company even uses a water collection and filtration system to meet the facility’s needs as well as recovers heat from the data server rooms and recycles it to warm the office areas in winter months.
“The Enphase System works in tandem with our existing green initiatives,” said Adam Papworth, of OMNIconnect Data Centre. “Our goal is to become a net zero building with minimal export. Now, we’re well on our way.”
In addition to its green impact, the Enphase System offered further benefits that made it the perfect fit for OMNIconnect.
Hosting critical and high-value data that relies on a 100 percent stable power source, OMNIconnect needed durable inverter technology built to last. Prior to shipping, Enphase Microinverters are rigorously tested for extreme weather conditions. They were designed to IP 67 standards and only came to market after one million hours of power-on testing.
The Enphase Enlighten monitoring system also provides OMNIconnect with the ability to ensure the data centre’s system is working at an optimum level at all times.
“With engineers on their team, OMNIconnect was extremely interested in a monitoring solution that would allow them to dig deep into the data and understand their system’s production,” said Fong.
Client: OMNIconnect Data Center
Location: Carrum Downs, Victoria
Installer: MORE Solar Energy
System Size: 50kW
Modules: Trina Honey 250W and Canadian Solar 300W
Microinverters: Enphase M215 and M250
Announcing our new Support portal http://support.omniconnect.com.auwhere you will be able to track all your support tickets. To create an account, just visit the link above and sign up, or just email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope this will help us provide an even better customer experience for you!
Original article found here: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/4327344-5806881256029302788
OMNIconnect and Professional Diving Services both from Carrum Downs are finalists in the upcoming Melbourne Business Awards that will be announced at breakfast event on 6 December. The Melbourne Business Awards are supported by a number of organisations including City of Kingston, NAB Bank and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE.
For more info or to book tickets visit the link below. Good luck to OMNIconnect and Professional Diving Services, hopefully you can add to the recent success of the Frankston City business community with a number of local businesses picking up awards in the Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Awards and the National Safety Council of Australia Awards.