7 Applications for Containerized Data Center Facility Modules

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Here’s a sales pitch: standardized, pre-assembled and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules are at least 60% faster and 20 – 30% cheaper to deploy than traditional data center power and cooling infrastructure.

It’s compelling stuff, and it sounds like anyone developing a data center should strongly consider containerized facility modules for their physical infrastructure. So what sort of data center applications are the “low hanging fruit” for these new solutions? See if you can spot your facility on this list taken from a recent Schneider Electric white paper:

  1. Colocation facilities looking for faster and cheaper ways to “step and repeat” computer power and support systems for their customers.
    Facility modules provide colos with a solution to cost effectively upsize (and downsize) in large kW, modular building blocks when demand for their services fluctuates.
  2. Data centers that are out of power and cooling capacity or out of physical space.
    The facility modules can quickly add cooling and power capacity so that additional servers can be placed into existing racks, creating higher rack densities, which can now be provisioned by the supplemental power and cooling.
  3. New facilities with tight time constraints.
    Traditional data centers can take nearly two years to deliver, from concept to commissioning. Cost of time is important to organizations that place a high value on early delivery (e.g., companies who want to be first to market with new products and services).
  4. Data center operators in leased facilities.
    If, for example, a business needs to deploy data center power and cooling but their lease is due to run out in 18 months, they won’t want to pour money into a fixed asset that they would have to leave behind. If the lease is not renewed, they can physically move their data center physical infrastructure (facility power and cooling modules) investment to a new location with the rest of the business.
  5. IT departments which are willing to manage data center power and cooling
    IT professionals not relying on the stretched resources of corporate facility departments (that are more focused on the management of the entire building), can leverage facility modules to control their own chilled water supply. The number of internal and external signoffs required for acquisition of power and cooling resource is significantly reduced when compared to traditional custom build.
  6. Data center facilities saddled with infrastructure characterized by poor PUE.
    These facilities may only be marginally improved within the constraints of their existing physical plant.  Adding facility modules provides an alternative to help solve problems inherent to the inefficient data center design they may have inherited.
  7. An organization with vacant space
    Unused office and warehouse space, for example, could be populated with a series of pre-packaged modules. They leverage utilization of the space and avoid the delays and construction costs of building a new brick and mortar wing.

If your organization falls into any of the above categories, you could be utilizing facility modules to cut data center build, installation and operations costs or add a revenue stream to your business. White Paper 163: Containerized Power and Cooling Modules for Data Centers is a free download from Schneider Electric and can tell you much more about the subject.

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