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How prefabricated modular data centers are empowering digital transformation

Most companies have been on a journey of digital transformation, which essentially means converting manual or paper-based processes into digital form to optimize business processes, adapt to changing business conditions, and gain competitive advantage.

However, in the post-Covid world, companies are under tremendous pressure to move much faster to deploy data processing capabilities across their entire distributed enterprises. Yet many of these same companies face challenges in setting up the right IT infrastructure to support their digital transformation. That is where prefabricated modular data centers come in. They provide significant benefits for companies looking to ramp up their digital transformation efforts by offering rapid deployment, right-sizing, scalability, and cloud-based management. To understand how modular data centers play a key role, let’s take a closer look at digital transformation.

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Why digital transformation?

Many drivers are associated with digital transformation, such as improving customer satisfaction, cutting costs, and improving sustainability efforts with improved energy efficiencies. Digital transformation translates data into actionable insights, which unleashes innovation, increases agility to market conditions, and expands new business opportunities.

Today, most businesses must improve their IT design, deployment, and management to ensure adaptability to supply chain disruptions, quicker time to market, and seamless customer experiences.

Digital transformation is revolutionizing how many organizations are operating by improving efficiencies, increasing immediate access to data, and improving customer satisfaction. For example, in healthcare, telehealth sessions are on the rise and personal medical data can be accessed through online patient portals in near-real-time. In education, most schools have embraced digitization that was accelerated by the pandemic to support remote learning. Turning to logistics, many businesses are looking to shift to digital operations to function smarter and more nimbly, particularly in response to supply chain challenges.

These types of applications are changing how compute power is distributed. Gartner notes that one of the top digital transformation trends of 2022 is the shift from a centralized compute model to a distributed infrastructure in which data processing resources are located close to where the data is generated.

How prefabricated modular data centers support distributed IT

The prefabricated modular data center approach enables organizations to accelerate their digital transformation efforts. This solution provides the IT infrastructure close to where operations or data is generated in distributed locations. Whether data centers are required at multiple manufacturing plants, retail locations, or specialized sites in industries like oil and gas or mining, prefab modular data centers provide several advantages:

  • Speed: Modular data centers are typically built in a factory so they can be delivered and ready to go much more quickly than a typical data center build.
  • Consistency: Companies can select from one of several designs for their modular data centers then order as many as needed. Most modular data centers can include the same features, performance, and maintenance requirements, which provides consistency across the entire infrastructure.
  • Scalability: As business conditions change, organizations can order new modules that will mesh seamlessly with the pre-existing ones.
  • Remote Management: Modular data centers can share the same standardized architecture, so the distributed infrastructure can be managed from a single cloud-based platform.
  • Sustainability: Modular data centers provide many sustainability benefits. By assembling the data center in the factory, components can be designed to fit perfectly, so there is less waste. In addition, modular data centers are built as close to the final destination as possible, reducing emissions associated with trucks transporting materials to a construction site. Lastly, they are designed from the ground up for high efficiency in processes like heating, cooling, and electric usage.

Watch the digital transformation video

To learn more about why organizations are embracing digital transformation and how modular data centers help, watch this video where I chat with Joe Kramer, Global Director of Sales and Marketing Prefabricated Modular Data Centers at Schneider Electric.

We cover a lot of interesting applications of this technology and even touch on the moon! I hope you enjoy our conversation about how digital transformation impacts our world.


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