Modular and prefabricated data centres are significantly cheaper and more energy-efficient than traditional site-constructed facilities, according to a new report from The Green Grid.
“With the amount of data we create increasing exponentially each year, companies across the globe are looking for ways to maximise their resources as they are faced with more information to store and maintain,” said Mark Monroe, executive director of The Green Grid. “The modular data centre is an increasingly popular alternative since it’s more cost-effective and can be equipped with higher density, energy saving technologies that also reduce costs as well as space.”
There is a clear distinction between traditional site-constructed facilities and a containerized/modular data center facility (CMDF). A traditional build can have pre-designed components and repeatable elements. A CMDF module, however, is fully pre-engineered and prefabricated.
The idea of a modular IT solution already spread to the supporting infrastructure for a data center. Newave, for example, was one of the first to design and promote transformer-less and modular technology concept of three-phase UPS systems.
In summary we can say: No one doubts that modularity is the future. In this context, we also recommend the discussion between three of the world’s leading proponents of modular data centers (a transcript of the talk is available for download here). This may seem like an exercise in stating the obvious, but that is not the case.
One believes traditional data centers will exist alongside modular and containerized solutions. Another believes that traditional data centers are doomed to extinction because of high costs and long construction times and that ultimately traditional data centers no longer fit the purpose for which they are designed: that is to house IT equipment. One believes containers have no place for housing enterprise IT. Even if all three believe in modularity, it turns out that the discussion on this topic is just beginning.