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