Smart cities, connected cars, streaming services, Industry 4.0, and mobile data provide new opportunities, but they also necessitate the storage and rapid processing of massive amounts of data. The workloads and technologies of the future are dependent on increasingly flexible and modular IT solutions.
Containerised infrastructure and more notably containerised modular data centres excel in this area, combining short latency times with exceptional computing power and optimum reliability. Containerised Data Centres are by no means a new idea. They have existed in some shape or form since as early as 2007. Initially taking the form of shipping containers in its infancy, prefabricated data centres are now being purpose build in a range of sizes and form factors small and large to fit almost any space required. From simple 2-rack containers to multi-module solutions stacked or bolted together to house 100s of racks.
There are many benefits to using containerised infrastructure for your business, including:
One of the biggest benefits of using containerised infrastructure is that it will save you money. Since the construction costs less than traditional construction methods, you will see immediate cost savings in your first year of operation.
The most important factor in any business is scalability – being able to expand as needed without having to worry about breaking down walls or adding additional floors to your building. The fact that containerised modular data centres can be easily expanded makes them ideal for small businesses or larger enterprises that want to grow over time without having to worry about space constraints or increased costs associated with traditional construction methods (such as hiring contractors).
Containerized data centres are built to be energy efficient, lowering ongoing operational costs. They allow power and cooling systems to better match capacity and workload, increasing work efficiency and reducing over-configuration. More specifically, containerized data centres use in-row cooling systems with strict airflow management to deliver air to adjacent hotspots, which greatly improves cold air utilisation, saves space and electricity costs in the server room, and reduces power usage efficiency (PUE).
Containerised data centres have emerged as the future trend in data centre construction, both in terms of current short-term investment and future long-term operating costs.