Stulz Australia: We strive to protect critical data

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This article appeared in the July 2018 issue of CRN magazine.

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Stulz Australia: We strive to protect critical data

With ANZ managing director John Jakovcevic.

What data centre infrastructure services do you specialise in? 

We continuously strive to protect critical data, support lives, our economy and our future. We do this by providing resilient and energy efficient cooling equipment supported by a team of technical and engineering specialists.

When did your company first get involved in this area? 

We commenced trading in 2001 as an exclusive distributor of the Stulz products. In 2005 we formed a joint venture with Stulz. In 2012, became a 100 percent owned company of the Stulz family. Stulz itself is 71 years young. 

What credentials do you have that apply to data centres? 

As a manufacturer we conform to ISO 9000 and other related ISO standards, regulatory standards relating to manufacture, energy performance and use of refrigerants.

Do you use a distributor to procure the products you supply? 

We source our equipment directly from Germany and distribute through mechanical or HVAC firms, selected IT resellers, direct to data centre and co-location providers.

Have you heard about any cool developments in the data centre space recently? 

We are pleased to be an exclusive sales and service partner of a Canadian company called Cool IT. Cool IT designs and manufactures direct chip liquid cooling for high-performance computing and for high-density environments. It’s an interesting shift, a back to the future experience given we were directly cooling IBM mainframes 20 years ago. 

Can you tell us about a recent project?

Assisting NextDC to achieve Tier IV fault tolerance for their newest Brisbane data centre and soon for their second Sydney data centre. The solution offered to NextDC is unique in Australia resulting in fantastic savings in their operational costs.

What is driving customers’ data centre projects? 

Cloud and the continual outsourcing of IT services. We saw a dramatic shift soon after the GFC in the latter directly impacting our business both from a supply and post-sales service perspective. While this has impacted one part of our market, another sector – co-locations and hyperscale data centres – just keep getting built. 

Data centre infrastructure is…?

A physical component or components that allow businesses to be in business.​

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