So the cat may be out of the bag a bit on this one. The media coverage of our M1 launch event has been excellent. That being said, we haven't yet revealed the finished areas in our brand new M1 data centre to all of you wonderful people in the NEXTDC blogosphere. Today we're showing you the final product of the M1 DRUPS hall.
You might remember the DRUPS hall was designed with a "Hunt for Red October" theme in mind. Being an enormous Sean Connery fan, this is one of our founder Bevan Slattery's personal touches on the data centre. As you can see from these photos, even the lights are marine themed. Engage the silent drive.
To start us off the top photo shows Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy on a tour of the DRUPS hall with NEXTDC CEO Craig Scroggie.
To give you an idea of the attention to detail that goes into planning our data centres, check out the image above. This is a render from way back in 2011 of what the DRUPS hall would look like when complete. What do you think?
And below is the real thing. Behind each of these red doors is one of our 13 DRUPS (Diesel Rotary UPS) units.
The DRUPS are a newer technology that replaces a regular battery UPS and generator. They operate with an electric motor above a six tonne flywheel. The motor constantly spins the flywheel and if mains power is lost, the flywheel continues to spin and continues to provide power. This flywheel provides full load for 16 seconds while the 1.67MVA generator starts. Generally the generator is capable of full load within 4.2 seconds of a mains power being lost.