IT Infrastructure: Containerized Data Centers: 10 Ways They Reduce IT Costs, Solve Problems

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-31 Print this article Print
Flexibility in Collocation Facilities

Flexibility in Collocation Facilities

Many collocation facilities are continually seeking faster and cheaper ways to "step and repeat" computer power and support systems for their customers. As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." This is especially applicable to businesses rolling out collocation facilities for their growing IT needs. Rather than redesigning and building facilities from the ground up, then shuttering them when customer demand drops, modular centers provide businesses with a solution to cost effectively upsize (and downsize) in large-kilowatt, modular building blocks to quickly respond to fluctuations in service demand.
Modular data center deployments are expected to increase 65 percent in one year, from 144 installed units in 2011 to about 220 installed units in 2012, according to industry research firm IDC. Tier 1 IT providers, such as Hewlett-Packard, Rackable, Cisco Systems, Oracle and Microsoft, are deeply invested in this growing sector. These portable data centers come in standard 40- by 8-foot and smaller 20- by 8-foot shipping containers for transport on ships and trucks. All the necessary servers, storage and networking equipment are crammed into these containers. All that's needed on location are electrical power and cooling-fluid sources. As these portable data centers draw industry interest, many IT managers remain in the dark about common challenges a modular approach is able to solve. In fact, recent survey data also suggests that two-thirds of the IT market is unlikely to consider modular data centers in the short term, translating to a huge missed cost-saving opportunity for many businesses. In addition to the inherent benefits of being faster and less expensive to deploy than traditional data center power and cooling infrastructures, modular data centers can solve a multitude of business problems. With this in mind, eWEEK, together with data center equipment provider Schneider Electric, offers the following slide show to demonstrate how enterprises can use modular data center facilities to solve existing and future IT facility needs.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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