Swedish designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings Flexenclosure has entered in to a strategic partnership with Australian telecommunications provider Virtutel, with the intent to build up to 20 data centres across Australia. The new facilities will be rolled out over the next three years in order to offer colocation and network services in presently underserved areas.

Virtutel through its subsidiary VirtuDC, will deploy the first of these facilities in Albury, New South Wales, followed by more in regional cities across Australia. This is in support of Virtutel’s commitment to establishing a mesh of interconnected carrier-neutral data centres covering the country — their strategy being to host IT infrastructure at the edge, thus lowering latency for existing applications and providing a platform for emerging technologies like Internet Of Things (IOT) and autonomous vehicles.

“We selected Flexenclosure for their deep experience in deploying prefabricated data centres in very challenging environments and their flexibility in making sure that the ultimate design was exactly what we wanted,” said David Allen, managing director, Virtutel. “We are confident that Flexenclosure is the right partner for what is to be a significant rollout of IT infrastructure across Australia.” 

Flexenclosure’s prefabricated eCentre data centres are state-of-the-art and they will be custom-designed and Uptime Institute Tier III certified. The base design will be standardised for all the new facilities, bringing significant operational efficiency benefits to Virtutel, particularly in the areas of power, cooling, UPS, and ongoing management and maintenance. Future expansion will be possible both horizontally and vertically and they will have ‘dark site’ functionality where required — unmanned and remotely managed from a central network operations centre. Flexenclosure will also be providing ongoing data centre support services to Virtutel.

“We are delighted to establish this strategic partnership with Virtutel and excited to play a role in the execution of their vision for a new network of edge data centres in Australia,” said David King, CEO, Flexenclosure. “This also marks our entry into yet another new continent, further expanding our global footprint for our eCentre data centres.”

Flexenclosure provides sustainable Internet infrastructure — designing and manufacturing prefabricated data centres and intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry. The company provides systems that are fully integrated, modular, factory tested for reliability, adaptable to local conditions, and quick to install.

eSite x10 is the world’s first power system purpose-built for outdoor telecom sites and to outdoor telecom standards. It is a patented, sealed, tamper-proof unit with passive convection cooling, no filters, no moving parts and it requires no maintenance. eSite x10 is the future of telecom site power.

eCentre is a state-of-the art, custom-designed, prefabricated and pre-integrated data centre building that is fast to deploy, energy efficient and fully future proofed. With its flexible and easily expandable white space, eCentre enables highly capital efficient data centre deployments and has been certified up to Tier IV level.