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MODULAR DATA CENTER SOLUTION REDUCES COSTS AND DOWNTIME

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Datapod’s modular data center solution reduces operational and downtime costs and has attracted CIOs from around the Asia-Pacific at the CIO Summit in Hong Kong.

An essential part of any modern CIO’s role is to plan their company’s information disaster recovery process.

It is a task worth committing both time and expenditure to, as a well-prepared and tested data recovery plan is invaluable if the worst happens.

According to Fortune 500 report 59% of companies experience 1.6 hours of downtime per week, which could potenially lead to a loss of $46 million annually, which means getting the balance right between redundancy and downtime is critical to productivity and profitability. (Pictured right: A Datapod module gets lifted into place for a busy South Asian port).

Datapod’s modular approach (watch a short video on the modular approach) to data center design enables customers to easily add in extra redundancy to reduce the chance of a downtime event.

Thankfully, the cost of data center construction has reduced considerably in recent years and CIO’s who are gathering in Hong Kong for the CIO Summit 2013 from 23-26 September will have the opportunity to talk with us about how Datapod’s modular data centers are enabling CIO’s to reduce operating costs without diminishing quality outcomes.

Savvy CIOs are now finding that by keeping up to date with the latest data center systems they are able to implement first-class data recovery solutions while coming in under budget for the project.

Cutting edge, modular data center systems, such as those offered by award-winning industry specialist Datapod, use a clever combination of leading engineering methods and prefabrication, in order to substantially reduce the cost of data center construction.

This proven method of cost reduction has the added advantage of also reducing risk, as standardisation of quality outcomes and factory testing combine to ensure enhanced system reliability when compared with brick and mortar constructions.

Datapod’s modular data center has a number of other proven cost advantages over more traditional alternatives. Energy dependence is minimized, servicing costs are reduced and different functional modules can be deployed in line with a company’s needs, rather than all at once.

The availability of such high quality yet budget friendly solutions has opened up the usage of modular data centers to new sectors in a range of industries.

The mining, petroleum and education sectors have shown particular interest in data centers of late, attracted by the proven cost reductions that industry leading companies, such as Datapod have been able to achieve.

For years CIOs have struggled with the cost/benefit analysis of if and when they can afford to implement a data center for their company.

Finally, through factory-tested, enterprise grade performance in any location, enhanced power efficiency and operational cost savings, Datapod is proving that CIOs can achieve their data security goals and reduce risk, at the same time as minimizing expenditure.

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WHY MODULAR DATA CENTERS ARE MORE THAN JUST A CONTAINERIZED SOLUTION

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Modular data center solutions are transforming the data center market and Datapod is at the global forefront of innovation and design.

While containerized and mobile data centers can be deployed quickly, the similarities to a true modular data center system end there.

The construction, design, scalability and integration options of modular data center not only far exceed the containerized offering but the efficiencies of the modular system provide organisations with leading Data Center 2.0 technology and a product that enables right-sizing and massive CAPEX and OPEX savings.

When Datapod first looked at the idea of creating a modular solution, the options were to construct a module, or use something already in existence. We opted not to re-invent the wheel, but to enhance it.

The ‘wheel’ was not a shipping container, it was the form-factor of the shipping container.

This is an important point – where others have built a shipping container into a data center, at Datapod we build the data center out of the form factor of an ISO standard module.

We recognized that this module was the perfect building block upon which to develop an expandable architecture. We could build any feature we like into the dimensions, such as security and insulation.

Inside a Datapod Data Center

The modular Datapod System is also inherently secure, and security and monitoring can include:

  • Provides the perfect faraday cage – signals and data shall remain secure even against EMP and evesdropping,
  • Physical security properties of steel safe – upgradable to military specifications
  • Internal and external cameras,
  • Enhanced door and lock (Bilock) options,
  • Prox-card and magnetic lock options,
  • Perimeter fence or wall (site specific, on request).

This environment provides the highest levels of security and protection while the rugged cyclone proof exterior means the modular data center is at home in extreme remote defence deployments (with a camouflage exterior), part of a telecommunications hub network, or as a colocation data hall in an urban or university environment.

Secondly, modular building block design also has significant advantages when factoring in redundancy and extra capacity which in turn provides our customers with better budgetary outcomes.

Containerized data centres are not integrated and are not tier certifiable, whereas the modular Datapod data center can build in any number of extra redundancy combinations. The Datapod modular data center system provides a modern, high-quality modular data center solution.

Right from the moment customers design and download a data center proposal using the Datapod App for iPad, customers are on the path to creating an enterprise-grade data center solution that is deployable in just 12-16 weeks.

Furthermore cost savings are made through the standardization of components and construction as well as energy savings through efficient design. For example most containers are full of IT equipment and rely on additional infrastructure to operate.

Alternatively, modular data centers used advanced cooling technology, implementing evaporative cooling and making use of outside air efficiently. Highly energy efficient with the ability to match cooling to actual IT demand, modular data centers can also optimize data center utilization from 25 percent up to 90 percent.

Better still, modular data centers like the Datapod System are all Factory Acceptance Tested (FAT) before deployment. FAT has significant derisking benefits and means customers receive a data center that is fully operational and ready to hit the ground running once deployed.

And finally, inside a Datapod modular data center staff have room to move around with four-foot wide cold aisles and three-foot wide hot aisles that enable staff to work comfortably and provides ample space to move rack mounted gear.

Modular data centers are engineered to support mainframes, storage arrays and IT racks from most manufacturers – being vender neutral provides customers with the ultimate in flexibility for both new and legacy systems.

Modular data center solutions require no retro fitting and a physical environment separated from other building or site infrastructure.

Modular data centers such as the Datapod System have a host of other features that provide customers with many benefits.

To take a look at some of our most frequently asked data center questions.

HIGH PERFORMANCE MODULAR DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE

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Established in 2007, Datapod meets the growing demand for expert data center engineering solutions in the global market.

The Datapod System was an international Australian Design Award Winner in 2010 not just for its innovative design, but also because of the Datapod Systems green data center approach and attention to energy efficient design.

Watch this video to learn more about the Datapod System.

Datapod is a system of modular data centre components that can be mass manufactured, factory tested and rapidly deployed to meet the growing demand for high performance data centre infrastructure worldwide.

The Datapod technology features:

  • Use of best-practices air management, such as strict hot aisle/cold aisle configuration – Inrow coolers offer >30KW cooling capacity at only 1.4KW fan power draw,
  • Efficient placement of Utilitypods means power and cooling is closer to the load delivering better performance and efficiency,
  • Medium – high density steel outer Datapod shell (upgradable to United States Military specifications, if required), with polyurethane insulation and steeless steel interior with anti-static flooring and walls,
  • UPS’s offer maximum efficiency of 96% at only 10KW load and configurable in N+1, 2N or 2N+1
  • A tiered entry steel safe provides the security of a full farday cage environment,
  • Cardax access control with CCTV security system,
  • LED lighting to maximise energy efficiency,
  • Fire detection and suppression (gas) with over pressure release, emergency lighting and signage
  • A design with can be assembled, and disassembled and relocated as required,
  • Disaster mitigation features, like blast, flood fire, earthquake, rain and lightning resistance,
  • Factory Acceptance Tested (FAT) with the customer (if required) before shipment and onsite assembly.

The Datapod System significantly reduces capital cost, mitigates construction project risk and reduces the environmental impact of data center facilities.

Example: Read how Datapod can deliver data center benefits for the university sector  

As the Datapod features show, the system is engineered for optimum energy efficiency, consuming up to 50 per cent less energy than a tradition bricks and mortar data center.

Datapod provides a complete turn-key solution, as all site infrastructure like chillers and generators are incorporated into the site infrastructure.

The Datapod System is a leading data center 2.0 technology and can also augment existing data centers or provide portable back up systems.

Learn more about Datapod visit our data center resources.