Pioneering Dell partner Tier 5 in liquidation

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Pioneering Dell partner Tier 5 in liquidation

Former Australian Dell data centre partner Tier 5 has fallen into liquidation with claims by creditors and employees totalling $3.9 million, liquidators have revealed.

Tier 5, whose managing director is former Hostworks founder Marty Gauvin, made headlines when it became the first to use Dell’s third generation of its modular data centres in Australia in 2010.

Liquidators Peter Lanthois and Christopher Powell were appointed on 25 September following an attempt made to sell the company after it went into voluntary administration on 28 May.

Liquidators had not adjudicated on the claims at the time of writing, but confirmed just over $1 million of the claims were by secured creditors.

The liquidators are now realising the remaining debtors, plant and equipment, settling employee claims and investigating the company’s collapse.

Lego block technology

Tier 5 had a launch event for its Adelaide facility in 2010, which incorporated Dell’s modular technology, allowing the snapping together of components in a “lego block” approach. Dell claimed the technology could be used to build a fully operational data centre in 30 days. The systems were easily transported in planes, trains, ships and trucks, according to Tier 5.

The technology was deployed at the location of a former Mitsubishi car plant at Tonsley Park in Adelaide, with an overhead crane for adding and removing data centre modules.

South Australian premier Jay Weatherill said last year that Tier 5 was planning to invest $110 million at the site, where a TAFE college was also announced as a tenant.

The Adelaide facility was to be the first of other data centre parks built for wholesale tenants, to be owned and operated by a consortium.

Tier 5 advertised itself as a consultant in data centre design, optimisation, disaster recovery and implementation.

The company also scored a place on the Federal Government’s Data Centre Facilities Supply Panel.

Tier 5 did not respond to CRN's enquiries.

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