Matthew Ashe
Matthew Ashe Executive Head: Data Centres

Modular data centres are designed to be easy to deploy, energy-efficient and scalable. Technology advancements are occurring at a rapid rate and the data capacity needs of enterprises are growing.

Give your enterprise unmatched agility with a  modular data centre

The drawback of traditional brick-and-mortar data centres is that they take a long time to build and expand. This can limit an enterprise’s ability to keep up with the pace of innovation. The introduction of modular data centres solves critical issues facing data processing and storage such as flexibility, affordability and reliability. Here’s a closer look at what they can deliver for enterprises.

Modular data centres enable rapid deployment

Modular data centres can be deployed quickly at just about any site anywhere in the world, provided power supply, water and appropriate ground is prepared. They are prefabricated and have everything a data centre needs to operate, including racks, power and cooling technologies. Their ISO-approved containers, making international transportation simple. Building and testing is completed in-situ and the modules can then be shipped to a site for integration.

An added benefit is that they have a smaller footprint than brick-and-mortar facilities and can be easily set up in existing spaces such as offices or warehouses. Modular data centres are ideal for ever changing data demands because they can be manufactured and deployed quickly, eliminating the time-consuming process of building a data centre from scratch.

Light on resources

Modular data centres are up to 60% more energy-efficient than traditional data centre solutions, which can save an enterprise up to 50% on its energy bill. There are also several other cost and resource benefits. Modular data centres come with all the components preconfigured and connected, so there’s no need to buy them all separately. It’s a plug-and-play solution, so it requires minimal technical support once it’s installed. Data centre providers benefit from the agility of a compact alternative to sprawling brick-and-mortar data centres, which is particularly attractive to hyperscale operators that require partners capable of changing facility designs rapidly to suit their requirements.

Excellent fit for edge computing

The portability and purpose-driven engineering of modular data centres make them perfect for edge computing. They can be deployed as close as possible to where data is generated and consumed. The edge computing market has a clear need for reliable and robust data centres that are fully compliant without compromising on flexibility.

Edge data centres need to be agile and traditional data centres present too many constraints for the flexible needs of edge data processing and storage. Modular data centres shrink all the functions of a data centre into single capsules that can be integrated like puzzles if the need arises for more capacity.

IS completed a modular extension to its Parklands Data Centre facility last year in a fraction of the time it takes to design and build a traditional data centre. We now have the freedom and flexibility.

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