Weta Digital completes high density datacentre

Weta first in world to use HP Double Density blade servers

Weta Digital, the studio that produced the Lord of the Rings series and King Kong, has completed its new extreme density data centre.

Weta says the space and energy efficient facility is unlike any other worldwide, balancing floor space, power, cooling and other technologies to deliver maximum frame rendering power.

The facility is also claiming another world first: the first to use Hewlett-Packard's Double Density server blades, which combine two independent servers in one blade.

"The increased density of the blades allows us to add a significantly higher number of processors in a confined physical footprint while still managing within tight power consumption and cooling requirements," says acting CEO Adam Shand.

The facility uses water cooled racks made by Rittal, which allow cooling to be delivered to racks as needed in real-time. Cooling is self-regulated and can be managed at a granular level for each rack, Shand says.

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