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Container-Based Data Centers

Posted By Zen Kishimoto, Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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.

In the 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.

Tags:  CFRT  Containerbased data center  IBM  M+W group  Modular data center 

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