A recent published report has found that companies can benefit from taking a modular and prefabricated approach to data center construction.
That report, entitled, 'Deploying and Using Containerized Modular Data Center Facilities,' finds that pre-engineered and prefabricated data centers can eliminate the costly expenses associated with custom engineering and architecture. In addition, prefabricated data centers can be up and running more quickly when compared to centers being built using more conventional construction methods.
An added benefit, the report found, is that companies have a better chance at spotting structural defects early in the design process, making it easier to iron out any problems.
It is estimated that a modular approach can result in a 30 percent reduction in initial investment and can provide an average overall cost savings of 60 percent, as a result of lower power usage. In addition, these structures can be built four times faster than a typical facility. Hewlett-Packard's recent EcoPOD modular design, as an example, reduces energy costs by 95 percent when compared to more traditional facilities.
While the assembly line revolutionized manufacturing, the same revolution is now happening in data center production and deployment, offering greater potential for cost savings and energy efficiency. The report also found that the benefits of a modular design could actually extend beyond initial construction costs.
Some of the key issues associated with adopting a modular building approach include site-selection factors (such as climate), transportation considerations (particularly when it comes to moving manufactured components to the site), security issues and ecological factors.
The bottom line is that the modular data center is an increasingly popular alternative because it is cost-effective and can be easily equipped with higher density, energy saving technologies.