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Over the past several years, the data center facilities industry has started toward a significant transformation. In this transformation, traditional perceptions of data center facilities as multi-year, site-constructed, low-density buildings are shifting toward viewing them as conceived and constructed form a modular, flexible, and certainly more rapidly deployable set of solutions. Within this latter view are solutions that include not only containerized platforms, but also modular, pre-engineered, and pre-fabricated building blocks. When deployed and integrated with the required mechanical, electrical, and related services, these buidling blocks come together and enable the end user to realize a complete data center facility.
In contrast to traditional site-construction methods, the new containerized/modular approach to the construction and deployment of a data center can result in a faster deployment, lower operating and capital costs, and the potential to be equipped with higher density and energy-savings targets. Furthermore, this new approach enables organizations to adjust their data center facilities’ capacity up and down in smaller, prescribed steps rather than in large jumps. Many organizations also will look at the containerized/modular approach to help them cycle new IT and facility technologies into production, while cycling out older and less cost-effective solutions. That said, there are particular considerations that need to be accounted for as part of the planning, design, deployment, operations, and decommissioning phases of the facility lifecycle.
The Green Grid (TGG)-an international, non-profit consortium working to enhance data center resource efficiency-produced this white paper to introduce the audience to some of the more critical of these considerations. It offers a framework of understanding that, when coupled with the right qualified expertise, may enable potential end users of containerized/modular data center facility (CMDF) platforms to be more prepared and successful in their proposed projects. The white paper explores the traditional facility construction approach, with a deep discussion of the containerized/modular facility approach in Chapter III. Chapters IV, V, VI explore particular considerations, limitations, and advantages of the containerized/modular facility architecture and contrasts those factors with the traditional construction approach.
The rapidly maturing containerized and/modular data center facility (CMDF) platforms offered within the industry today can enable organizations to realize significant and demonstrated technical and business value when properly applied. This value comes from the repeatable, pre-engineered, prefabricated, and quality-assured set of building blocks that together bring online the necessary amount of IT capacity.
This new containerized/modular approach to the construction and deployment of a data center can be expected to be rapidly deployed, have lower operating and capital costs, and be equipped with higher density and energy-savings targets. CMDF architecture has become an increasingly viable and robust alternative when considering a data center build, with multiple implementation approaches from various suppliers in the industry.
Deploying and Using Containerized/Modular Data Center Facilities-Click Here to Download White Paper #42
- Defining Traditional Data Center Facilities
- Defining Containerized/Modular Data Center Facilities
- Business Flexibility Considerations
- Financial and Planning Considerations
- Additional Considerations
- About the Green Grid
- Appendix A. Understanding Reliability and Resiliency
The CMDF approach can enable organizations to deploy IT equipment, capacity, and services in less time, for less cost, and under new and more business-appropriate delivery and costing models. The prefabricated and pre-engineered nature of a module can significantly reduce the potential quality and time risks typically found in traditional fixed-facility, site-constructed approaches. The CMDF archetecture has become an increasingly viable and robust alternative when considering a data center build, as long as organizations take into account a CMDF’s particular needs and engage proper expertise and capabilities from trusted partners. Organizations should carefully weigh their need against the advantages, risks and challenges that a CMDF deployment may present.
White Paper # 42 Credits:
Christopher Kelley, Cisco Systems
Jud Cooley, Oracle
Ron Bednar, Emerson
Buster Long, Cisco Systems
Suzen Shaw, Microsoft
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