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Auckland, New Zealand

The Situation

Bakers Flour Mill in New Zealand has very fine dust in the air that has clogged up previous switches and servers installed on-site. In addition, the Zella Pro had to be placed many levels up in the facility requiring the unit to be craned into place and dropped through a hole in the roof.

The Challenge

A fire occurred in the unit where a non-Zella Pro switch caught alight - only one or two events like this have happened in 10 years and neither caused by Zella DC faults. The Pyrorack immediately nullified the fire by deploying its gas and swiftly terminating the fire.

The Outcome

The Zella DC 38 has proven its ability to deal with both dust and fire and the owners have enjoyed plenty of accident-free data management years.

Brisbane, Queensland

The Situation

This is a challenging site, with fine coal dust, tremors from its proximity to the open mine site and wet seasons with major electrical storm events and humidity. One of the units had to be placed in a sheltered but outdoor location.

The Challenge

The main challenge for this project was the distribution of infrastructure across a large mine site, a dusty, hot, harsh environment where it would be costly to fly in specialist personnel for maintenance.

The Outcome

These are Zella DC’s longest operating units having been in constant action with the same cooling system for over 10 years. There are two units in different locations in the spread-out mine site and these are managed centrally from the head office.

The Situation

This IT provider in Brisbane, Australia operated firstly from an office space that was soon outgrown. The Zella Pros were then transported to a larger office environment where people needed to work in close proximity to the units.

The Challenge

Apart from playing the IT-related role for which they were intended, the units had to fit into an office aesthetic that was modern and sophisticated. As the business grew, it needed to scale up its data management capability with additional units that connected in a modular fashion.

The Outcome

We are proud to say that our client chose to use our units as the backdrop for internal videos! The decision to not build a dedicated server room and place the Zella Pros in a common area reflects the versatility of the unit in any environment. Zella Pros are also energy-efficient and cost-effective while also giving scalability and mobility.

Chile, South America

The Situation

The Gran Torre in Santiago de Chile is the tallest building in South America and home to Nissan Chile. The office space is very expensive and does not come with an on-premise server room. They have very high office fees and didn’t want to use up expensive real estate for a server room.

The Challenge

The explosive growth of the company meant that Nissan needed to stay flexible and prepare to move as office space became congested. The company needed to allow for as many desks as possible which meant using up all available office space.

The Outcome

After a very short procurement process, the unit was wheeled in and commissioned with a minimum of fuss. The unit has been working now for 4 years with 100% uptime. The monitoring of the unit is conducted from Nissan head office in Brazil giving the company total control over a standardised network.

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Hobart, Tasmania

The Situation

The basement of a suburban home is not a usual place for a Zella DC unit. However, this IT consultant was forced to increase on-site data storage with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The client was concerned about cost, noise, and fire.

The Challenge

The client was looking for a micro data centre that was quiet so as not to disturb his family and close neighbours. He also wanted a unit with in-built fire protection.

The Outcome

After considering many alternatives, this consultant went with Zella DC because of confidence in the units’ safety features, and it has lived up to expectations.

The Situation

The Hutchins School is the preeminent boy’s school in Hobart, Tasmania. The private school has approximately 1000 students and 250 staff on a single campus. The students and staff needed a durable solution that could outlive the growing pains of evolving technology and school studies.

The Challenge

The Hutchins School began to outgrow the current server room environment. The ageing server room was not energy inefficient. The existing server room’s cooling systems consumed large amounts of power to compensate for fluctuations in humidity and temperature within the room.

The Outcome

The School decided to replace the old server room with two Zella Pro 38. This allowed them to save 30% to 60% on power expenses. They also now have the option to easily add another Zella Pro if and when needed. And they were able to reclaim the space used by the old server room.

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Malawi, Africa

The Situation

As in every other airport, the Malawi airport needs 100% uptime for ticketing purposes and safe operations. All data needs to be processed locally and reliability is paramount to avoid delays and accidents.

The Challenge

Keeping the passport and ticketing system up and running is a major priority for an airport. The challenge for a small airport is to find room for a server room within the limited space available.

The Outcome

A third-party IT team is managing this critical IT infrastructure and captures and stores all the passenger data on-premise. After many years the unit has a record of 100% uptime without incidents, keeping the operations running smoothly.

New York City, United States of America

The Situation

This major global pharmaceutical company needed a safe data storage solution that they could easily deploy in their head office as well as in their many offices across the world.

The Challenge

The challenge for this company is to process and store large amounts of data on-site in a manner that is both cyber secure and free from on-site interference. As this company has offices in many countries, they also need a standardized solution across the board.

The Outcome

Three units are now used in two separate laboratories located in New York City. The Zella Pros have redundancy in both cooling and power that de-risks the management of the laboratory data for many years to come. All three units have been integrated into the building’s HID access control system.

Papua New Guinea

The Situation

This region is affected by an AIDS epidemic which the CDC is monitoring. Data gathered on the spread of the virus is kept on the premises in Port Moresby and connected to a network of servers that gather and store information from its base in the US. The personal health records of patients and treatments must be kept highly secure.

The Challenge

With limited IT-trained staff on-site, it was critical that the units could be managed from the US. PNG’s bandwidth and latency restrictions presented a major barrier to managing data, with the unstable power supply further compounding the problem. The data had to be secure with restricted access to the servers and switches in the units.

The Outcome

Data-driven decision making can now take place to improve patient care thanks to two Zella Pro 38 units. The units take up limited floor space and can be easily redeployed. There have been significant power savings, improved timeliness and better accuracy of data collection and reporting.

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The Situation

The Kenmore group has over 1400 staff in PNG spread over 18 locations that are hard to service from a traditional IT perspective.

The Challenge

The energy cost for powering one server room was consistently over A$3,000 per month during summer, which was multiplied by across the network. Access to a reliable internet connection is limited in PNG, meaning IT infrastructure must be de-centralised and self-contained as much as possible.

The Outcome

12-months of data showed the cost of energy reduced from over $100 to $30 per day, giving a confirmed payback period of 3 years. This meant savings of up to 70%.

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The Situation

This small, remote exploration site in PNG could only be accessed by a twin-propeller airplane onto which the Zella Pro unit needed to fit. The site was also exposed to rough weather conditions.

The Challenge

As a result of regular flooding to the room, the Zella Pro was placed on a makeshift stool. Mine sites go through a range of stages dependent on how much and what type of deposits are located in the exploration stage. In this case, after 12-months it was decided that the need for data management on site was less than anticipated.

The Outcome

The Zella Pro was delivered to this remote location without incident and installed by non-specialist IT personnel. The unit was operational for 2-years in PNG with 100% uptime in very challenging conditions. It was then recommissioned in a new location in Indonesia for another few years and is still operating at 100% uptime.

The Situation

Zella DC units needed to provide ICT infrastructure in very isolated locations in PNG so as to track commercial air traffic over the country. In many cases, the units sit at the base of a mobile phone tower or base station looking out over a mountainous jungle region.

The Challenge

The Zella Pros had to be located outdoors. The centralised IT team in Port Moresby had to maintain control with no personnel on-site. The units, therefore, had to be self-automated with the ability to perform certain functions in the case of an emergency such as a power cut (i.e. turning on the backup generator).

The Outcome

None of the units had its sealing compromised during this time. The in-built fire and water sensors were at no point triggered and 100% uptime was maintained. The back-up generator was not required although this redundant capability remains essential to the value proposition of the Zella Pro. The result was reliability and uptime.

The Situation

The Toyota dealerships across PNG are without on-site IT expertise and don’t have the space to house traditional server rooms. They needed to be able to relocate the units at will without threatening the security of the information stored within.

The Challenge

Processing large amounts of data locally, new locations were built without on-premise server rooms and required standardisation across multiple sites.

The Outcome

Data-driven decision making can now take place to improve customer care thanks to two Zella Pro 38. They take up limited floor space and can be easily redeployed. There have been significant power savings, improved timeliness and better accuracy of data collection and reporting.

Perth, Western Australia

The Situation

This Atlas Mines office in Western Australia was very busy, without a dedicated server room to house essential ICT equipment. They also had limited space available.

The Challenge

Due to the limited space, the micro data centres needed to be quiet enough to work next to in close proximity. But the real challenge came from hot, cyclonic nature of the weather patterns in this part of Western Australia which sent a massive weather event that devastated the office complex and peeled off the roof.

The Outcome

The office was flooded during the cyclone and all equipment was destroyed except the Zella Pros, which had been located in a hallway near the desks. The units were quickly decommissioned and then recommissioned in another location with no data being lost.

The Situation

The oil and gas boom in 2012 in Australia generated a great deal of infrastructure projects with Bechtel being a major player in the boom. North-west Australia is a hot, cyclonic region many thousands of kilometres from a city and limited access to specialist IT services.

The Challenge

Bechtel is the construction arm of a major oil corporation and both companies needed to gather data separately to maintain the operational separation. As a result, two separate IT infrastructures were needed with absolute security between them.

The Outcome

In the same room, two Zella Pros units were purchased with each managed by separate teams with different entry codes, creating two completely separate environments. The two units have been running for 4 years without incident.

The Situation

The front reception area of the Computer Science Corporation (CSC) is the only space where the Zella Pro could be situated due to space restrictions. Unfortunately, it is exposed to high levels of heat from direct sunlight for much of the day.

The Challenge

Over the weekend, the Zella Pros had to work considerably harder as the air conditioning is in the building was turned off. In summer, this space can reach 40 ̊ Celsius in the afternoon, which in any normal server rack would pose an extreme risk to the data management process.

The Outcome

Our Zella Pros are built with the capacity to self-regulate temperature by only cooling the air around the servers and not the entire room. The unit ramps up and down its cooling capacity depending on external temperatures. As the Zella Pro is very quiet, CSC was able to place it in close proximity to desks.

The Situation

During the summer months, the temperature within this office can climb to levels that are dangerous for a traditional server room – especially during the weekend when the office air conditioning is turned off.

The Challenge

The Zella Pros are placed next to meeting rooms and desk space, so the challenge was to manage data on-site without the need for a dedicated noise and heat-controlled room that would cost a considerable amount of money to build, power and maintain.

The Outcome

The two Zella Pros units have been working for 7-years completely incident-free and with 100% uptime. People can work in close proximity to the units as they are noiseless, emit no heat and are 100% secure.

The Situation

From the hot, dusty mine sites and to the city office - this mining company needed a solution that could work in vastly different environments.

The Challenge

All locations needed the rapid rollout of a standardised Smart Mine solution that could be easily used without relying on IT staff as flying specialist personnel to remote mines sites is complicated and expensive.

The Outcome

The head office located in Perth has had 100% uptime since the installation of a Zella Pro. All Zella Pros are automated to respond to each individual environment so they are tailored to the individual requirements, but they are all centrally managed and monitored.

The Situation

HiSeis is an Australian company specialising in high definition seismic reflection techniques. HiSeis brings together the technical, operational and industry expertise of staff from Curtin University, Geophysical Technicians and an experienced Explorationist.

The Challenge

HiSeis had three main challenges:

1. increasing data storage capacity to meet the growing demands of the business.

2. ensure the solution would allow them to relocate with ease.

3. allow for further growth and ensure an increase in data later would be easily accommodated.

The Outcome

HiSeis opted for two Zella Pro 25, which were delivered and installed within 5 weeks of purchase. Data storage was quickly increased whilst having the option to easily add more units later, which they can use together or independently. When they are ready to relocate, HiSeis will be able to quickly unplug the Zella Pros and reinstall them in the new location in a couple of hours.

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The Situation

This 2010 unit was the first Zella DC unit ever built (under the former name of ‘Zellabox’) for the company’s first customer. It was installed in Bentley, Western Australia in an office that was open plan, a shared office environment that was not easy to secure.

The Challenge

Apart from keeping the data secure in an open space, the office space was highly dynamic with many rearrangements, as new staff levels increased and new fit-outs were commissioned.

The Outcome

This ten-year-old unit is still in use with no incidents. Over this time the Zella Pro has been moved a number of times with a minimum of fuss. This allowed for Metro Power to be completely flexible when rearranging the office.

The Situation

This office located in Malaga in Western Australia is a busy space where people must work in close proximity to the Zella DC units.

The Challenge

After a series of break-ins to their premises, the client needed to improve the security of its information. The dedicated server room also needed to be reclaimed and converted to more offices.

The Outcome

The decision to not build a dedicated server room and place the Zella Pros in a common area reflects the security of the unit in any environment. The units only cool the servers and not the whole room, so they are energy-efficient and cost-effective. The units have been in operation for 5 years incident-free and have solved flexibility issues.

Phillipines

The Situation

Austal has sites across multiple countries. They need to process a lot of data locally but they have limited IT personnel onsite. Keeping data safe, both from a cyber and from a physical point of view, is a priority.

The Challenge

Planning and building a traditional onsite server room with the same standards as a traditional data centre is too costly and requires extensive project management and time. It would also be difficult to maintain the server room without specialist personnel.

The Outcome

The pre-programmed Zella Pro was commissioned, installed and fully operational within a day. Once connected to the network, the IT team in Perth had centralised control over all of the IT infrastructure covering two separate countries.

Port Hedland, Western Australia

The Situation

The tower that monitors all the shipping in Port Headland is hard to access and totally enclosed making over-heating an issue on the frequent 40 ̊+ days in that region.

The Challenge

Once in place, the micro data centre needed to self-cool and operate reliably without easy access from specialists. As people needed to also work in the tower, the noise and heat the unit created needed to be well within acceptable health and safety guideline levels.

The Outcome

A crane lifted the Zella Pro 25 dual-cooled unit into the control tower and since being commissioned it has operated without incident for around 10 years with minimal maintenance.

Vietnam

The Situation

Austal has sites across multiple countries. They need to process a lot of data locally but they have limited IT personnel onsite. Keeping data safe, both from a cyber and from a physical point of view, is a priority.

The Challenge

Planning and building a traditional onsite server room with the same standards as a traditional data centre is too costly and requires extensive project management and time. It would also be difficult to maintain the server room without specialist personnel.

The Outcome

The pre-programmed Zella Pro was commissioned, installed and fully operational within a day. Once connected to the network, the IT team in Perth had centralised control over all of the IT infrastructure covering two separate countries.

West Musgrave, Western Australia

The Situation

When this Zella Pro was first sent out to this remote mine site, it was in the very early stages of the exploration stage. No specialist on-site IT personnel were available at all.

The Challenge

In day-to-day operations, the units needed to be quiet enough to be placed next to desks. But the real challenge came from the hot, cyclonic nature of the weather patterns in this part of Western Australia which sent a massive weather event that devastated the office complex.

The Outcome

The unit was therefore decommissioned and sent to another BHP site in Chile. The versatility of the solution allows it to be relocated with ease anywhere in the world.

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