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Datapod USA Partnership to Deliver Washington Data Center

Posted by on July 29, 2014  |  No Comments


130326-Datapod-114-471x347Datapod USA is proud to team with North American partner Universal Networking Services (UNS) to deliver the Datapod data center System for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).


Earlier this year, WSSC named Datapod USA as the successful tenderer to build and deploy their new data center facility on the outskirts of Washington DC.


The WSSC project requires Datapod USA to provide a 200kW data center System that can be scaled up to and beyond 1 MW over time.


The modular Datapod System represents a new approach to providing data center infrastructure allowing extra pods to be added to the data center as future capacity is required.


Datapod USA CEO Adam Smith is delighted with the partnership with UNS.


“This is an exciting opportunity for Datapod and we are very proud to be providing data center infrastructure for one of the United States largest utilities with our valued North American Partners UNS. Leveraging from the experience and knowledge of UNS will add to the success of this project,” said Mr Smith.


The 200kW data center solution equates to a four pod modular system and will be ready for operation months earlier, when compared to a traditional custom-built approach to data center construction.


The Datapod System will enable WSSC to fully manage its own asset and to provide supporting infrastructure such as power, cooling and fire suppression. The Datapod System also provides electrical power feeds, uninterruptible power supply and generator backup.


“From inside, the Datapod System looks like most enterprise grade data centers featuring optimized racks and hot aisle configurations.  The Datapod System also features a patented design that provides us with a strategic advantage,” added Mr Smith.


The tender process attracted bids from several international companies, with Datapod’s technical superiority, experience, speed to deployment, and completeness of the end to end solution leading to the tender win.


WSSC provides water and waste water services to approximately 1.8 million residents around Washington DC and their new Datapod facility is tipped to become an industry leader and will create new opportunities for the organisation by extending WSSC’s position as an advanced user of IT systems.


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To learn more about the Datapod System please contact Waite Ave at or 281-825-9790.



Posted by on November 6, 2013  |  No Comments

Datapod Director Adam Smith has released his latest blog post on the benefits of adopting the Datapod System. 

The modern CIO could be forgiven for feeling like an island surrounded by shark-infested waters.

With budgetary restraints and the weight of accessing, using and protecting big data on their shoulders, many CIOs are feeling the pressure and asking ‘how do I reduce data center costs’.

That’s why Datapod’s award-winning modular data center system is becoming the new ‘norm’ in data center infrastructure.

We all know, Datapod’s system is flexible and scalable, to suit any size of business, and the modular system means that additional capacity can be purchased inline with organisational growth, effectively future-proofing the company’s data center needs.

Costs are kept low through a standardised, production-line approach. This has the added benefit of increasing quality control, with every part checked against pre-set standards and factory acceptance tested before being released from the factory.

Traditional, custom-engineered data center construction comes with a host of associated risks, delays and steep costs, and can result in an inflexible end facility. Repeatable modular design solves all of these problems, while economies of scale result in lower capital investment, improved capital efficiency, reduced operational costs and decreased cost of total ownership.

Table 1.1 below shows an example scenario of a customer requiring 150-kW of incremental IT capacity annually for the next five years, for a total of 1-MW IT capacity. The assumed energy cost in the example below is 12.01¢/KW/hr.

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Given the figures in table 1.1, it’s no wonder that government and private sector CIO’s in areas as diverse as mining, petroleum, finance and education are getting excited over the possibilities that modular data center construction offers.

As well as having numerous financial and operational advantages over traditional, bricks and mortar data centers, Datapod’s modular system also offers a level of security and corporate risk advantages that hosting in the cloud cannot match.

Many CIO’s rightly fear the cloud’s capability as a reliable solution when protecting data and data sovereignty.

Last year’s annual Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities Survey found that security, reliability and protecting company data were major concerns for those considering the use of the cloud for business critical data.

Data center downtime and loss of production is another issue keeping many CIO’s awake at night.

According to the Aberdeen Group’s 2010 research (Disaster Avoidance and Disaster Recovery; Making your Datacenter Disaster Resilient), organisations lose an average of $138,000 for every hour their data centers are down. For companies with more than 1,000 employees, that’s $1.1 million per year.

Datapod’s modular data center system has been designed with reduced downtime in mind.

Our engineers have taken into account factors such as extreme outside temperatures, protection from the ingress of moisture, dirt and dust, and the effects of lightning strikes, cyclones and other extreme events. Thus the Datapod data center can survive in the most extreme outdoor environments, with intricately designed utility pods providing the full power and cooling redundancy your would expect from an world class enterprise grade data center.

At every stage of development, flexibility has been at the heart of Datapod’s design, to the extent that the system does not require an all or nothing approach.

The Datapod System can be used alongside existing data center buildings as well as augmenting cloud-based services, or as a stepping stone to moving to a full modular data center infrastructure. Such integration means that the Datapod infrastructure can act as a disaster recovery option or extra redundancy for organisations with those systems already in place.

This flexible modular approach is reflective of Datapod’s fundamental belief that data centers of the future are machines, not buildings. Datapod’s work has proven the validity of this core truth time and again, while at the same time saving CIO’s money on their bottom line.

Global data demands are continuing to grow. In 2011 Science journal published the results of a scientific estimate of the amount of data stored in the world by 2007. The result was 295 exabytes – the equivalent of 1.2 billion average hard drives. Interestingly, the scientists found that in 2000 75% of information was stored in analogue format. Just seven years later, an incredible 94% of it was stored digitally.

This growth of big data has led to data centers becoming increasingly critical.

The latest research into the sector from Markets and Markets projected that by 2018, the size of the modular data center market will reach $40 billion, as more and more CIO’s understand the advantages of the scalability, flexibility, reusability, portability, reduced deployment time, enhanced efficiency and lower total cost of ownership that modular centers provide.

Datapod’s award-winning modular infrastructure provides a high quality, cost effective solution for companies across a wide range of industries. It’s ready for deployment now. What are you waiting for?

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To learn more about the Datapod System please contact Waite Ave at or 281-825-9790.


Posted by on November 6, 2013  |  No Comments

Datapod has recently assembled their first Datapod System in Sweden.

This blog post contains a collection of images which illustrate just how easily the Datapod System is assembled onsite.

This deployment also highlights the flexible nature of the Datapod System with this deployment housed inside a pre-existing building.

Special thanks: The images featured in this blog post are used courtesy of Saab AB and are copyright Saab AB.


Saab building

Image one

The Saab Datapod System was deployed to an existing building site and highlights the flexible nature of the Datapod System.

The rugged exterior design of the modular Datapod System means Datapods can be deployed indoors or outside.

Image two, three and four – Getting the modular data center to site

Shipped, trucked and lifted into place and to any location. Each Datapod System is manufactured under ISO9001 quality guidelines and means individual Datapods are easily shipped and transported to any location around the world.

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Modular data center lifted into place


Datapod image five – First Datapod in place 

Saab modular data center module

Each Datapod System starts with, you guessed it, a Starterpod.

The Starterpod contains the power, cooling and data input connections. Within the Starterpod the expandable modular UPS gives customers the starting point for growing the system.

Built-in Inrow cooling and racks mean the data center can be up and running without any further upfront investment.

When two Starterpods are used in a Datapod System a 2(N+1) system is created providing the highest levels of availability and redundancy.

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Image six – Expanderpod clips into place.

Pre-built Expanderpods contain racks, power and cooling. The Expanderpod easily connects onto other ‘pods’ to grow the system.

With removable side-walls to allow the creation of a limitless best-of-breed computer room, the Datapod System can be expanded as required by your IT needs – aligning budgets with requirements in real-time. #bestcomputerroom



Saab Datapod units

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Four Expanderpods and the Starterpod in place creating an a class leading data center system.

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Image eight – The complete Datapod System deployed. 

Note the Connection Node in the left back ground. The preassembled link system enables rapid deployment and this is where all the power, data communications and cooling connect into the modular Datapod data center system. In the foreground, this Datapod configuration features and Entrypod and will be used as an administration office area.

The Datapod System uses an innovative system of conduits and wiring techniques that enable each Datapod to be to be fully integrated.

Saab Datapod team

Image nine – The assembly team!
Less time on site, means less commercial risk.

And because Datapod conduct Factory Acceptance Tested (FAT) before the deployment of a Datapod System the customer has a peace of mind knowing their data center investment will be fully operational once the system is deployed to site, further reducing the risk to Datapod customers.

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To learn more about the Datapod System please contact Waite Ave at or 281-825-9790.


Data Center 2.0 ‘Perfect Storm’ Presentation In Silicon Valley-Register Now

Posted by on July 19, 2013  |  No Comments

Innovative Data Center Manufacturer Datapod™ announced today that Adam Smith, Director of Operations, will be delivering presentation on July, 30 2013.   

San Jose, CA, July 19, 2013 – Leading energy efficient modular data center manufacturer Datapod™ announced today that its Director of Operations, Adam Smith, will be delivering his presentation “Data Center 2.0 – The Perfect Storm Has Arrived” on July, 30 2013 in San Jose, CA.

According to Mr. Smith and other industry experts the data center industry is at the beginning of a period of fundamental, disruptive change.

A combination of technological, economic and market factors have created the perfect storm, resulting in  data centers increasingly engineered and constructed in a fundamentally different way than in the past and this will be the focus of his presentation.

Mr. Smith said, “The emergence of prefabricated, modular data centers will have a major impact on the datacenter industry, in fact the revolution has already begun.”

During the presentation, “Data Center 2.0 -The Perfect Storm Has Arrived”, Mr. Smith will introduce Datapod’s methodology of standardized, pre-engineered and pre-built set of building blocks.

Being widely adopted as the future of Data Centers (Data Center 2.0), the Datapod System is a truly modular, scalable set of building blocks that has been designed over several years enabling users to realize the benefits of standardization, manufacturing efficiencies and reduced time to deployment.

The system has proven to help clients align their infrastructure deployments to their technology requirements-in both size/capacity, time to deployment, duration of useful life and location/flexibility.

Presentation Topic Highlights: 

  • What is Data Center 2.0?
  • What problem does modular solve?  The fundamental challenges of traditional ‘brick and mortar’ design
  • High demand for data center capacity that outpaces the speed of traditional construction method is creating a real need for innovation.
  • Major drivers for considering/investing in modular data center technology:  financial, speed, reliability and efficiency
  • How the cloud fits into the picture
  • Industry Case Study

Speaking Session Details

Title: “Data Center 2.0 – The Perfect Storm Has Arrived”

Speaker: Adam Smith, Datapod Director of Operations

Where: San Jose Marriott

301 S. Market Street

San Jose, CA 95114

When: July 30, 2013 at 1:00PM-3:00PM

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To learn more about this event or to RSVP please contact Waite Ave at or 281-825-9790.

About Guest Speaker

Adam Smith, Director of Operations and Co-Founder of Datapod, is an authority on the challenges faced by CEOs & CIOs in managing their data center infrastructure needs and is at the forefront of the latest developments and innovation in telecommunications, cloud computing & data center solutions.  With the extensive experience in the leadership of diverse global organizations, Adam’s success includes executive roles with APC-Australia/PAC and Datapod.

About Datapod 

Datapod™ delivers an unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. We can provide the data center community an alternative solution that maximizes their investment and increases the reliability and availability of their mission-critical facility.  Datapod is an unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering. Datapod has extended the concept of modular data center design to include critical site infrastructure such as modular generators, chillers, and deployment services thereby providing a complete infrastructure solution for data centers. By enabling data center users to deploy when they like, where they like and for how long they like, the Datapod system offers performance superior to that of  a “bricks and mortar” data center facility, deploys faster and at a more cost-effective price point.

Datapod in Silicon Valley For Talks

Posted by on July 15, 2013  |  No Comments

Innovative Data Center Manufacturer Datapod™ announced today that Adam Smith, Director of Operations, will be touring the US coast to coast from July 22-July 31.

July 16, 2013:  Datapod Director Adam Smith will be in Silicon Valley for a series of meetings with some of the world’s largest IT companies to discuss upcoming data center deployments.

The Silicon Valley visit will take place later this month and will feature a Presentation session available to IT infrastructure managers and CIO’s wanting to learn more about smarter, modular data center deployments.

The Silicon Valley visit comes on top of Datapod’s first exports to Europe and further data center deployments for key customers in the Asia Pacific region.

The presentation session will provide customers in the United States a chance to learn more about Datapod and why the System is a leading Data Center 2.0 technology.

Datapod Director Adam Smith said, “We have had recent heavy interest from a number of organizations in the United States, especially around the Silicon Valley hub. This tour is an opportunity to meet with those customers and also develop further business partnerships in the United States.”

Datapod has recently strengthened the longstanding partnership with Universal Networking Services with the formation of Datapod USA.     The establishment of Datapod USA is pivotal to the expansion of Datapod and provides the company with on the ground services in one of the world’s largest markets.

“The development of the United States and wider North American market looms large on the Datapod horizon and we are working hard to establish category need and position Datapod as a leading solution in the modular Data Center 2.0 market,” said Mr Smith.

The modular Datapod System enables customers with high density applications to right size their data center needs and ‘clip on’ extra capacity as the needs arise.

To meet Datapod Director Adam Smith and to register your interest in the Datapod Silicon Valley presentation session email Datapod ( or call (281)825-9790.

All Your Datapod Data Center Answers in One Place

Posted by on July 12, 2013  |  No Comments

Do you have a question about the Datapod System? Chances are you may find the answer here in our FAQ’s.


Datapod is a multinational engineering firm focusing on innovation within the global data center market.

Formed in 2007 specifically to address the needs of clients wishing to maintain their data centers in-house, Datapod soon recognised the benefits of a fully end-to-end modular ‘building-block’ approach to data center infrastructure.

Developing a modular, scalable and interoperable set of data center building blocks, the system has been designed over several build-generations enabling users to realise the benefits of standardisation, manufacturing efficiencies and reduced time to deployment.


Datapod are unique in offering  a complete site-infrastructure solution built from ISO-standardized building blocks, including all supporting systems such as power and cooling modules, and fire suppression. The expandable design of the Datapod module is innovative.

By incorporating a unique removable side-wall, and designing a waterproof joining mechanism, multiple ‘pods’ can be bayed together.

Customers can create a data center as big or small as they wish, when they wish.

The flexibility of this system now enables customers to tie their data center investments exactly to the expected business ROI, by investing in new capacity only if/when they need it.

The opposite is also true – with some customers needing to reduce their capacity over time. The concept of ‘data centers as a service’ or DaaS is an emerging trend, as more organisations move to colocation facilities and cloud related services, Datapod enables customers to scale down and provides lease options.


The Datapod System provides the complete suite of site infrastructure sub-systems including IT-, facility and structural centric infrastructure systems for the day to day operation of your data center.

The Datapod System includes seven main building blocks, and the packaged services required to deploy and support these blocks.

The central component of any deployment will be the unique ‘Connection Node’.

The Connection Node could be described as a ‘plant room in a box’, because it contains all the connection points and services typically found in the plant room of a commercial building.

Once deployed onsite, the necessary services (mains power, generator power, chilled/condenser water, datacomms and network links can all be connected.

The backup generator and chillers to run the air-conditioning systems are incorporated in the Utilitypod, which feeds into the Connection Node.

The Connection Node then supplies these services into the first of the Datapod data center building-blocks – known as the Starterpod.

Then ‘Expanderpod’ building blocks can be added to give the customer the capacity and space they require.

To complete the data center space, the ‘Endpod’ is added. In some areas where climatic or environmental conditions dictate, an ‘Entrypod’ gives the facility an added degree of protection against unwanted elements entering the data center.

The Entrypod can also provide additional desk, storage or burn-in space.

To see how all of the Datapods can be used together, download the Datapod App from the App Store.

As each of the Expanderpod building blocks extends the IT capacity of the system, additional UPS and battery modules are incorporated. These are installed into the UPS chassis housed in the Starterpod, increasing power capacity and battery run time in accordance with the new rack capacity being added.


The Datapod System can be designed in minutes using the Datapod App, and then submitted to Datapod for review and validation.

The Datapod App will generate your configuration-specific purchase quote, and once ordered, the system can be built in 12-18 weeks.

Installation onsite will be complete within a few days. Similarly, expansion of the system will take a similar time to complete.


The Datapod System is designed for external deployment, but is equally at-home undercover or in a building or other urban location.

The site must be level, and capable of supporting the weight and point-load of the modular system.

Upon ordering a system, Datapod will attend site to conduct a site inspection and report on the suitability of the proposed site.

Remedial work may be recommended prior to the delivery of the Datapod System.

There are no climatic or environmental limitations to where a Datapod can be deployed, the Datapod System is lightning and cyclone proof and can operate in a wide variety of harsh climate zones.


The customer will need to provide access to the site for the Datapod field service staff to allow them to assess the site.

Attention will be paid to suitability of the surface, access to the site, provision of adequate utility services and security. Once the site inspection service report is completed, the customer will need to act on recommendations in the report in order to be suitably prepared for the delivery and installation work.

These remediation works may be provided by Datapod.


Yes. If the customer has deployed a Starterpod, or Starterpod and Expanderpod(s), by removing the side wall (the ‘long’ wall of the module), additional Expanderpod(s) or an Endpod can be added.

During this process the system can remain operational – it is not necessary to shut down the Datapod system to expand.


The Datapod System is designed within ISO-certified module dimensions for the purposes of tapping into the global freight and shipping industry, but that is where the similarities to the ubiquitous box end.  The modular design and the use of the award-winning APC InrowTM cooling systems means the waste heat from the racks is captured immediately by adjacent ‘in-row’ cooling units. Coupled with a Hot-Aisle-Containment system to ensure 100% of the exhaust heat is captured, making the Datapod System an energy efficient, environmentally friendly data center.

The all-weather proof Datapod achieves a low PUE with less energy required to cool the IT load on the inside. Better still the steel skin of the Datapod is recyclable when decommissioned.


The Entrypod operates as an entry point which can serve a variety of functions.

By programming the door locks, an Entrypod can be used to ensure that only one door is open at any one time, thereby preventing ingress of airborne contaminants (dust, rain etc.). It also gives workspace that may be required where the Datapod has been located some distance from available office/workspace.

By fitting out the Entrypod as a network operations center or workstation, staff can be on hand as required.


The various Datapod units feature in-built Racks, UPS and Inrow cooling units, configurable to achieve a variety of redundancy levels.

Additional redundancy can be achieved by using dual-Starterpods, thereby doubling the UPS capacity and achieving a highly resilient 2(N+1) power system, as well as redundant cooling pipework for the N+1 InrowTM cooling units. All equipment racks within the Datapod range ship with dual/redundant rackmount PDU’s.


The Datapod System can be deployed in a density configuration suited to the customers’ requirements and is hot-scalable once in the field. For example a Datapod System deployed with an average rack density of 7kW can be hot-scaled to 15kW per rack. Likewise, a 15kW average rack density Datapod can be hot-scaled, to 30kW per rack without interruption to services.


The Datapod System itself is inherently secure, however security and monitoring enhancements can be selected. These include:

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


All Datapod Systems include our Integrated Monitoring and Control (IMCS) which is a ModBUS -based device management appliance and offering local and remote access to performance data of the entire system.  Furthermore, the IMCS system can extend to integrate into other client systems, and can be supplemented by a range of industry Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) packages for further pro-active analysis on the performance of system.


Customers’ Datapod(s) can be arranged in any configuration from a few modules that make up 10kW to 10MW+ data center for location/relocation on any ground – indoors or out, in any condition, subject only to available land and power.


Yes. Datapods can be stacked three-high to make the best use of your available space.

External flooring platforms, stairing, elevators and cladding can be erected to enable the ‘instant data center’. Furthermore, by utilising the ‘Entrypod’ with removable doors at each end, two separate Datapod Systems can be co-joined to create an endless containerised facility.


All Datapod Systems, the APC InfraStruXure systems and all sub-assemblies included within the Datapod System carry a 12 month warranty.

A 12 month Onsite Support Contract, including periodic Preventative Maintenance Visits is included. Warranty, onsite support and preventative maintenance can be extended upon request.


Simply contact Sales Director Adam Smith on +61 1300 724 405 or  In United States, please contact Waite Ave at 281-825-9790 or


To arrange a factory tour or to attend a Datapod lunch and learn session contact Datapod Executive Consultant George Cvetanoski on +1300 724 405.


Posted by on July 12, 2013  |  No Comments

Datapod A Leader In Data Center Safety

An independent safety assessment company has recognized Datapod as a leader in safety.

The independent assessment was conducted by Proteus EPCM Engineers in a recent data center deployment for a global mining company in West Australian.

The assessment illustrated a commitment to safety with Datapod compliant or exceeding compliance in all but one category. There were over 150 areas covered in the report.

The report looked at a number of criteria including, work area condition, working with compressed gas, fire prevention, working at height, use and condition of tools and equipment, working with chemicals, material storage, personal protective equipment, working on ladders and elevated platforms as well as first aid, environmental management, project documentation, use of rigging and cranage, and general permits.

Mine sites are hazardous by nature and a place where safety is paramount and Datapod’s Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment Manager Shontelle Hellyer (Pictured above) said this report is confirmation of Datapod’s commitment to this area.

Ms Hellyer said, “This independent report is important to Datapod and our customers, as it shows we take safety very seriously when assembling and deploying our data centers. It also demonstrates our experience when we deploy data centers, we ensure our processes are in place before commencement of work on any site we work on, and this helps de-risk projects for our customers.”

Datapod believes their experience and high safety standards in the mining sector is a blue print for safely deploying modular data centers for other sectors, including the oil and petroleum industry as well as for the education, health and government sectors.

“For each Datapod deployment we implement a safety overview, site safety plan, risk assessment control, safety work method statements and an issues register which records any safety incidents from the job. Safe workplaces don’t just happen – they’re created. Our commitment to safety gives our employees peace of mind and our customers confidence knowing safety and environment are a top priority,” Ms Hellyer said.

For more information on the Datapod System in North America please contact Waite Ave at or call 281-825-9790.

Datapod Recognized as a Global Leader in the Trend Toward Modular Data Centers in a Recent Article by World-Wide Publication

Posted by on June 10, 2013  |  No Comments

Leading global information resource for the latest news, tech tips and expert advice for IT managers, has featured Datapod in their latest article about the global trend of moving to modular data center technology.  Please visit to read full article: “How It’s Made:  The Modular Data Center.”

For more information on the Datapod System in North America please contact Waite Ave at or call 281-825-9790.

Datapod Video Library

Posted by on June 10, 2013  |  No Comments

Learn more about the innovative design and technology behind one of the world’s leading modular data center manufacturers.  Please visit our video library at Datapod Resources page.

For more information on the Datapod System in North America please contact Waite Ave at or call 281-825-9790.

Datapod – Manufactured Data Center Solution

Posted by on April 27, 2013  |  No Comments


Traditional data centre builds require a lot of project specific or site specific engineering, and this drives up cost, increases the time of the project, and also increases the risk to the customer.

The modular Datapod approach enables us to eliminate risk and drive down the cost to the customer, by mass manufacture of proven reliable data centre modules.

Datapod manufactures data centres on demand. The process is cost efficient, eliminates project risks and gives you the security of quality assurance.

The most significant advantage for the customer of Datapod’s manufactured approach is the customer can come in to our factory, test drive their entire data centre facility before it even gets to site.

Datapod is an unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering. Datapod has extended the concept of modular data center design to include critical site infrastructure such as modular generators, chillers, and deployment services thereby providing a complete infrastructure solution for data centers. By enabling data center users to deploy when they like, where they like and for how long they like, the Datapod system offers performance superior to that of  a “bricks and mortar” data center facility, deploys faster and at a more cost-effective price point.

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