Servers are getting more efficient and smaller. The result is a lot less space for more computing power.
A typical high-density cabinet can provide 10-20KW per rack which is a 4-1 to improvement over standard racks. This can result in considerable cost savings in the construction of data centers and those cost savings are increased deploying modular data centers versus site-built.
Thermo Bond Buildings‘ last blog discussed the many benefits of deploying modular buildings for data centers such as lower costs (Capex and Opex savings to be more competitive), speed to market (faster revenue stream), scalable, lower risks, consistent quality, equipment agnostic, cut construction time by as much as 75%.
“If the numbers follow a historical precedent at all we will need roughly 400 million servers to support our 2020 IoT and technology demands,” says industry veteran, Mark Thiele. “Let’s look at what 400 million servers means to data centers. A massive data center with 5,000 racks with 20 servers per rack has 100,000 servers. In order to have enough data centers for 400 million servers, we would need to add another 4,000 massive data centers measuring roughly 400K SF with approximately 50 megawatts of power each.”
Right sizing will be critical. Modular buildings are playing an ever growing important role as data center users and providers seek to deploy space in demand growing scenarios.
Utilizing the versatility of modular buildings that are more energy efficient can mean lower operating costs.
With high-density racks you need less of everything: space, UPS units, racks, and support equipment-all cost savings. By utilizing modular data centers you can lower initial construction costs by initially manufacturing only the space currently required and plan for additional modular space as needed for growth.
The same concept and resulting benefits are currently used in deploying modular buildings nationwide to house FTTH and fiber co-locations.
As we discussed in our last blog a modular building is equipment agnostic. The cost and time savings are realized regardless of the type of equipment used.
Deploying energy efficient modular buildings, less required space, and equipment that is more energy efficient makes the prospect of utilizing some green renewable energy a very viable option. Thermo Bond has the capability with its technical partners to assist in incorporating and providing hybrid power systems that may include solar, generator, and fuel cells or a combination of sources with grid power and backup. The renewable green power can be scalable as well to grow with your requirements and when adding more modular space.
Industry polls show that data centers powered with renewable energy would increase with company policies and the prospect of lower operating costs. The majority of users and providers have company sustainability policies in place and others are developing them now.
The good news is that all of the benefits that we have discussed save money, allow you to react faster and to be more competitive.
Contact us and let us help you start your modular building program.