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Feature Prefabricated or ISO Container - Which Way for Ultimate Data Center Flexibility? Jos Baart, Vice President Sales & Marketing Flexenclosure It is clear that traditionally built brick and mortar ultra-high performance data centers are increasingly a thing of the past. Prefabricated facilities represent the future of data centre design worldwide. That said, what exactly is a prefabricated data center? A prefabricated data center is one that is more or less fully constructed with all component systems in a clean factory environment and pre-tested before being shipped to the side for final assembly. For many, the word "prefabricated" will instantly conjure up an image of a standard ISO shipping container. In fact, prefabricated data centers and ISO containerised data centres are two very different things, and which of the two you choose will depend entirely on the use it is to be put to. Increasing Demands on Modern Data Centers The demands operators are placing on their facilities (driven by the expectations of their customers) have become significantly more onerous over the past few years. This has resulted in the evolution of the modern datacentre into a fully integrated machine, in which the systems for power, cooling, security and safety are expected to work seamlessly together. Further, the integration of these systems is constantly being finetuned to secure lowest possible energy consumption, highest possible site integrity and the most efficient use of resources. In the case of colocation services, this level of performance is now seen as table stakes for any hosting provider to be able to attract and retain corporate customers. If this description resonates with your expectations of a data center, then building it with a set of containerized ISO modules simply won't work. Combining System Standardization with Facility Flexibility The data center industry has seen a great deal of effort put in to the standardization of systems and processes. That said, the one element that will almost always need to be a bespoke solution is the building itself. And while significant progress has been made in standardizing modular sub-systems, the building will need to be adaptable to the customer's specific requirements; physical site conditions; local environmental conditions; the type of business it supports; internal configuration required and it will also need to seamlessly integrate with pre-existing facilities. This is not to say that the building itself can't be modular too. On the contrary, a prefabricated modular approach to data center construction will provide the level of flexibility required to meet the requirements I mentioned a moment ago. But not any modular system will do, and this is where the ISO containerized pitch falls apart. Containerized Limitations Containerized solutions are, broadly speaking, self-contained mini data centres, typically housed in a 20 or 40-foot ISO container. In scenarios where a single unit of no more than nine racks (or so) is required, there is no denying that they are a compelling proposition. But for a medium-sized or larger facility, containerized solutions are severely limited in terms of their flexibility. Of course multiple units can be laid out in rows or stacked on top of each other, but the end result is simply a collection of mini data centers, each rigidly limited in terms of its initial configuration flexibility or adaptability to the operator's potential future needs. 12 Fall 2016 * www.ElectronicsProtectionMagazine.com http://www.ElectronicsProtectionMagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Electronics Protection - Fall 2016

Electronics Protection - Fall 2016
Contents
Editor's Choice
Choosing the Right Power Solutions to Protect IT Infrastructure
Prefabricated or ISO Container – Which way for Ultimate Data Center Flexibility?
Why Predictive Maintenance is the Proper Maintenance for UPSs
Three Insights into the Future of Medical Device R&D
Building the Power Architecture for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Enclosures
Thermal
Power
Hardware
Industry News
Calendar of Events
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Contents
Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Editor's Choice
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Choosing the Right Power Solutions to Protect IT Infrastructure
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Prefabricated or ISO Container – Which way for Ultimate Data Center Flexibility?
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Why Predictive Maintenance is the Proper Maintenance for UPSs
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Three Insights into the Future of Medical Device R&D
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Building the Power Architecture for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Enclosures
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Thermal
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Power
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Hardware
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Electronics Protection - Fall 2016 - Industry News
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