There is a small company in Canberra called Datapod. They have been making inroads into the ICT market here in Canberra by selling only one brand, APC, which specialises in Power and Cooling solutions for datacentres and all manner of power options for everyone else.
The guys at Datapod had an idea to make a datacentre portable and to reduce the costs in putting one in, without having to change the building or the existing infrastructure.
The result is a datacentre in an ISO shipping container – including the racks, the power inputs, the water cooling – the only thing missing is the servers. They called it a Datapod. (strangely)
None of which is of interest to most of the readers, I know.
Here is the interesting thing. Datapod designed their innovation here in Canberra, it was put together by Ecowise, and it is now being marketed via APC to the rest of the world. Local company makes good on the International Market.
The press that the Datapod design has received is pretty staggering. Nearly every IT media group has done a story on it, and there is the potential for more companies to start looking closely at Canberra – not as a place to sell their products, but as a technology hub to develop new products and other offerings.
Back in the early 90’s, there were plans to build a PC Assembly plant here, but the dotnet crash put paid to that idea.
I guess that it was going to take a little while for something to come along that would put us on the map again, but I sincerely hope that the Datapod design is a start for a new direction. There are companies like CEA technologies http://www.cea.com.au/, or Seeing Machines http://www.seeingmachines.com/ who provide innovative solutions already – we really don’t focus on our home grown achievements much here at all, and it is really great to see a success story come along.
For the actual images on the Datapod, check out this http://www.itnews.com.au/Gallery/153193,inside-datapods-container-data-centres.aspx/1″>link at itnews.