What is a containerized data center

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Businesses are relying more on technologies and become more data-driven, ready access to computing power. With that, data centres are in the highest demand ever. However, setting a data centre from scratch is challenging. This includes constructing a secure building, equipping it with cooling systems, high-speed data connections, redundant power supply, and many more. This makes creating a traditional data center expensive and time-consuming. This is where containerized or modular data centres come in. They deliver the same quality and capabilities of a data center at a lower cost and in a fraction of the time.

What is a containerized data centre?

In simple terms, a containerized data centre is a shipping container that is set up to accommodate IT equipment, such as servers, storage devices, networking gear, uninterruptible power supplies, generators, cooling equipment etc.

What are the key benefits of modular data centres?

Here are just a few things to consider while choosing between a traditional data centre and a containerized one.

1. Time to deployment.

Containerized data centres come custom built and ready to use. By eliminating the steps required for on-site construction, you can cut installation time dramatically.

2. Lower cost to operate.

Modular data centres are designed to be more efficient and less expensive to operate. With integrated power and cooling systems, containerized data centres minimize infrastructure expenses and installation costs.

3. Mobility and portability.

Containerized data centres are fast to set up and easy to move. They can be delivered almost anywhere and assembled on-site, which significantly benefits new office buildings or remote locations. This is also useful for disaster recovery when a data centre needs to be set up and run as quick as possible.

4. Compact size.

Using a containerized data centre allows freeing some space up, as they can be placed outdoor due to water resistance. Modular data centres are usually designed with access doors at either end so that multiple containers can be stacked or positioned side by side.

What challenges can you potentially face?

Alongside the listed advantages, there could be some deployment challenges you have to consider in advance.

Before getting a containerized data centre, you need to thoroughly evaluate your IT requirements to determine the right configuration that addresses your business needs.

Find a suitable place with easy access to all the resources and infrastructure required. For instance, some cooling systems need access to water. When planning the location of your containerized data centre, consider service access to the unit and site security, including lighting, fencing, and access control.

Don’t forget about access to the appropriate power, backup power generation and IT infrastructure to operate at peak efficiency.

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