At the recent Critical Facilities Round Table conference, there was
a lot of talk about container-based data centers, which are gaining in
popularity these days.
The slide below, presented by Brian Canney of
IBM, shows that a container-based data center is one form of flexible data
center design at IBM.
The next slide, shown by Rich Hering of M+W Group, summarized environmental
standards for data centers.
The slide below
shows industry reliability and data center classifications.
Rich also surveyed the current manufacturers of container-based data
centers. In the beginning, there were only few offerings from a handful of manufacturers,
but there are quite a few now, which indicates a growing market.
Rich also presented the reasons why the data center industry went
for modularity and containers, as shown below.
He then listed
the current issues with container-based data centers.
The next slide
is specifically for environmental issues.
Rich then talked about how hot a data center can be. In the next
slide, he showed a request from several IT companies to ASHRAE to raise the acceptable
temperature standard for data centers.
following slide, he pointed out the problems to consider.
Finally, Mark Bramfitt talked about
his report Modular/Container Data Centers Procurement
Guide: Optimizing for Energy Efficiency and Quick Deployment, which I have yet to read. The link
to the report is here.