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Datapod | Modular data center – the ‘Building Block’ approach

Posted by on April 27, 2013  |  Comments Off on Datapod | Modular data center – the ‘Building Block’ approach

 

 

Datapod’s global leadership in sustainable data centre design has been recognised by an Australian International Design Award for excellence.

The modular building block approach the Datapod System uses enables the systems to be deployed or disassembled quickly.

Datapod has standardised data centre modules that can be snapped together, in any number of configurations to suit a broad range of requirements. And even if those requirements change over time, we can adapt.

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.

Please feel free to email us at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or contact us to learn more.

 

Datapod – Data Center Configurations

Posted by on April 27, 2013  |  No Comments

 

The ability of the Datapod System to be configured to exactly meet the customers’ requirements is a major advantage.

Customers can design and deploy exactly what they need on day one. By using this Data Centre 2.0 technology customers don’t need to over capitalise or over deploy.

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.

Please feel free to email us at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or contact us to learn more.

 

 

Datapod – Economies of Scale

Posted by on April 27, 2013  |  No Comments

The precise engineering and manufactured Datapod approach enables our customers to drive down costs and increase efficiency.

From a single data processing module or to a complete stand alone data facility, Datapod’s modular components and experienced staff deliver efficiency and effectiveness.

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.

Please feel free to email us at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or contact us to learn more.

 

Enterprise Data Center Solution For Remote Applications – Datapod Customer Testimonial

Posted by on April 21, 2013  |  No Comments

 

In this video, Xtrata Copper’s Garon Johnston talks about the deployment of the Datapod System at their Mount Isa mine site in remote northwestern Queensland, Australia.

Datapod meets the challenge of providing a ‘drop in’ enterprise data center at remote site deployments such as mining, oil and gas without compromising quality.

 

 

Datapod System Ready For Deployment

Posted by on April 21, 2013  |  No Comments

An aerial view of a Datapod System ready for deployment after a successful FAT (Factory Acceptance Test).

The Datapod system embodies world’s-best-practice engineering and ensures quality outcomes through precise prefabrication and factory testing. Standardization enables significant project cost and risk reductions and enhanced system reliability by comparison to one-time engineered Bricks and Mortar constructions.

 

Datapod Goes Social

Posted by on March 27, 2013  |  No Comments

Datapod proudly launched their new website with relevant social media links.  The integration of social media tools allow site visitors to access additional and dynamic Datapod news, photos, and videos. Get social with Datapod and follow us, tweet or join the conversation through FacebookYouTube ChannelTwitterDatapod BlogLinkedInInstagram and Pinterest.

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a 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.

Please feel free to email Waite Ave at w.ave@criticalpowerandcooling.com or contact us to learn more.

 

Datapod Launches New Website

Posted by on March 27, 2013  |  No Comments

New website, www.datapod.com.au, features clearer navigation, more focused content and new social media links.  

Datapod, a leading engineer and solution provider of energy efficient data center infrastructure products, professional and technical support, has launched a significant upgrade to their popular website:  www.datapod.com.au.  Datapod’s website offers to educate and inform readers on the Datapod System, an innovative modular, scalable data center that delivers an optimized IT environment.

The newly designed website includes several enhancements that are functional and interactive. Clearer navigation to the latest Datapod news can be accessed directly through the “News” portal. The “Overview” and “Services” sections provide information essential to the data center professional that showcases how Datapod can deliver a quality turn-key solution faster and at less cost compared to legacy data center construction projects. Datapod is also proud to include access to their innovative iPad App.  This revolutionary App empowers you to design your own data center and produce a personalized report within a matter of minutes.  Integration of  social media tools allow site visitors to access additional and dynamic Datapod news, photos, and video via feed from FacebookYou Tube ChannelTwitterDatapod BlogLinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest.

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a 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.

Please feel free to email Waite Ave at w.ave@criticalpowerandcooling.com or contact us to learn more.

New Datapod App Streamlines Data Center Design

Posted by on January 25, 2013  |  No Comments

The Datapod App will streamline data center design

January 25, 2012: CIO’s from around the world can now design their own data centers and produce a personalized proposal within minutes thanks to a new App released by innovative Australian data center manufacturer, Datapod.

The Datapod App enables CIO’s to design their own data center.  Datapod Founder and Director, Scott Carr, said the new App is another way Datapod is better servicing the needs of the industry.

The free Datapod App for the iPad is available for download from the App Store. Once the App is downloaded customers can start designing their next data center.

Using the Datapod App customers have a number of data center design options from which to choose, including how many racks, the density, the type of cooling and build in redundancies as well as other infrastructure.

Once the data center requirements have been selected the App then generates a personalized report for the customer which can be viewed as a PDF document.

The Datapod App empowers data center designers by streamlining the design process.

“The Datapod App is an extension of the efficient modular Datapod system. The App cuts down the time required to design a data center by helping customers better identify their needs. Better still, because our modular data centers are manufactured and tested before deployment our customers can have a fully operational data center within three months of accepting a proposal,” Mr Carr said.

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a 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.

Please feel free to email w.ave@apcdistributors.com or contact us to learn more.


Why Would Companies Buy A Modular Solution?

Posted by on November 29, 2012  |  No Comments

FINANCIAL

CAPEX: Data center design and construction costs can vary widely, according to a large number of criteria. This makes cost comparisons of all kinds of construction difficult, contentious and sometimes misleading. A CAPEX cost of $15m per MW of IT load is a mid-level estimate for a traditional build that would be appropriate for enterprise use. That is the number used in a recent report by 451 Group (The Economics of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers)  for a traditional build, to which prefabricated modular CAPEX costs are compared. The middle 50% of CAPEX cost estimates for prefabricated modular designs are in the range of $8m-11m/MW. The median estimate is around $9m/MW. Prefabricated modular design and delivery of data centers can reduce CAPEX costs by 10-30%.

Deferred Capital Cost: As a large capital expense, building a data center is typically a large project that requires a lot of money upfront to anticipate forecasted IT needs for the next 10 to 15 years. Rapidly changing technology in the data center makes it difficult to justify such a large capital expense for a building that will only hopefully keep pace with technology demands. Modular solutions can be seen as a way to intelligently apply capital to the data center in line with changing technology and IT requirements.

Operating Expense: The engineering in modular solutions has proven, known efficiency throughout subsystems which allow regular operating expenses to be optimized. Optimized power and cooling built-in to modules equate to a lower overall operating expense. The fact that modules are engineered products means that internal subsystems are tightly integrated which results in efficiency gains in power and cooling in the module. First generation and pure IT modules will most likely not have efficiency gains other than those enjoyed from a similar containment solution inside of a traditional data center. Having a modular power plant in close proximity to the IT it serves will save money in costly distribution gear and power loss from being so close. There are opportunities to use energy management platforms within modules as well, with all subsystems being engineered as a whole.

Real Estate: Modules allow operators to build out in increments of power instead of space. Many second generation modular products feature evaporative cooling, taking advantage of outside air. A radical shift in data center design takes away the true brick and mortar of a data center, placing modules in an outdoor park, connected by supporting infrastructure and protected only by a perimeter fence. Some modular solutions offer stacking also — putting twice the capacity in the same footprint.

BUSINESS ALIGNMENT

Rightsizing: Modular design ultimately enables an optimized delivery approach for matching IT needs. This ability to right-size infrastructure as IT needs grow enables enterprise alignment with IT and data center strategies. The module container can also provide capacity when needed quickly for projects or temporary capacity adjustments.

Supply Chain: Many of the attributes of a modular approach speak to the implementation of a supply chain process at the data center level. As a means of optimizing deployment, the IT manager directs vendors and controls costs throughout the supply chain.

Total Cost of Ownership:

  • Acquisition: Underutilized infrastructure due to over-building is eliminated by being deployed as needed.
  • Installation: Weeks and months instead of more than 12 months.
  • Operations: Standardized components to support and modules are engineered for extreme-efficiency.
  • Maintenance: Standardized components enable universal maintenance programs.

 

OPERATIONAL

Speed of Deployment: Modular solutions have incredibly quick timeframes from order to deployment. As a standardized solution it is manufactured and able to be ordered, customized and delivered to the data center site in a matter of months (or less). Having a module manufactured also means that the site construction can progress in parallel, instead of a linear, dependent transition.

Standardization: Seen as a part of the industrialization of data centers the modular solution is a standardized approach to build a data center, much like Henry Ford took towards building cars. Manufactured data center modules are constructed against a set model of components at a different location instead of the data center site. Standardized infrastructure within the modules enable standard operating procedures to be used universally. Since the module is prefabricated, the operational procedures are identical and can be packaged together with the modular solution to provide standardized documentation for subsystems within the module.

Scalability: With a repeatable, standardized design, it is easy to match demand and scale infrastructure quickly. The only limitations on scale for a modular data center are the supporting infrastructure at the data center site and available land. Another characteristic of scalability is the flexibility it grants by having modules that can be easily replaced when obsolete or if updated technology is needed.

Mobility and Placement: A modular data center can be delivered where ever its desired by the end user. A modular solution is mobile in the sense that it can be transported in pieces and reassembled quickly on-site. Mobility is an attractive feature for those looking at modular for disaster recovery solutions.

Density and PUE: Density in a traditional data center is typically 100 watts per square foot. In a modular solution the space is used very efficiently and features densities as much as 20 kilowatts per cabinet. Because the module is pre-engineered and standardized densities are higher and the effective use of electrical power is improved.  (The Economics of Prefabricated Modular Datacenters; 451 Group, 2012).

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a 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.

Please feel free to email us at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or contact us to learn more.

“What is Datapod?” Series-Part 3

Posted by on May 17, 2012  |  No Comments


We would like to follow up our latest blog “Accounting and Tax Benefits of Modular, Portable Data Center Infrastructure” with the benefits of cost segregation and the Datapod™ System.


Cost segregation is a strategic tax savings tool that allows companies and individuals, who have constructed, purchased, expanded or remodeled any kind of real estate to increase cash flow by accelerating deprecation deductions and deferring federal and state income taxes. Because the entire Datapod system (everything in the container and the container itself) is not considered to be a building, you would capitalize the total cost of the system (including the installation costs) and depreciate it over five years for tax purposes.

Attached is a benefit estimate that takes 100% of a $1,000,000 cost and moves it from 39 years to 5 years.  You can see that the Datapod system–compared to a million dollars of traditional new data center costs–will provide you with an improved cash flow of over $65,000 in year 1 and nearly $290,000 in years 1-5, cumulatively.  This analysis assumes a 35% federal income tax rate. Consideration of state income tax will enhance the results.  Note: This is provided purely for illustrative purposes; the fees and yields are merely examples and are not meant to be indications of actual fees or results.

Sample Benefit Estimate and Fee Quote (Click Here To Download Larger View)

Universal Networking Services works closely with a dedicated cost segregation team that includes engineers and tax experts that have performed thousands of tax projects resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits.   The initial assessment to determine qualification is free.  If you think you may qualify for cost segregation and want to increase your cash flow please feel free to contact us to learn more.

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