Containerized data centre infrastructure, also called Facility Modules, can be 60% faster and 20-30% cheaper to deploy than traditional counterparts. A new White Paper considers their advantages and disadvantages as well as which environments can best benefit from their use.
Online PR News – 14-October-2011 – – When data centre stakeholders are faced with the challenge of deploying new power and cooling infrastructure (e.g., chillers, pumps, CRACS, CRAHS, UPS, PDUs, switchgear, transformers etc.), is it better for them to convert an existing room within the building or to construct an extension to house additional power and cooling equipment? Or could it be more cost effective and technically feasible to source the power and cooling using a series of facility modules?
Traditional 40 ft by 20 ft (12 m by 6 m) ISO shipping containers are probably the most recognisable form of containerized solutions; however the term does not fully capture the extent of portable, modular solutions available today. For this reason APC prefers the term “facility module” which not only embraces containers, but also includes other modules that are built on a skid or delivered as multiple form factor modular buildings.
To overcome issues of custom engineering as well as maximise the benefits of economies of scale and standardisation, facility modules are pre-engineered, pre-assembled and integrated, and pre-tested data centre physical infrastructure systems (i.e., power and cooling) that are delivered as “plug-in” modules to a data centre site. This means the elimination of much of the integration work done on-site in traditional data centre builds.
The deployment of facility modules can result in savings of 60% in deployment speed, 22% in first cost, as well as 18% in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when compared to a traditional build out of the same infrastructure. However, facility modules can also present implementation challenges in some data centres and may not be an effective solution for every application.
In addition to considering the savings which can be made through the use of pre-engineered and right-sized infrastructure solutions, the new white paper also therefore charts some of the drawbacks of integration, environmental and other physical risks to facility modules, as well as the limitations of the form factor especially as far as human ergonomics are concerned.
White Paper #163 “Containerized Power and Cooling Modules for Data Centers” by Dennis Bouley is available for free download at www.apc.com/whitepapers. For more details about APC by Schneider Electric Facility Modules and InfraStruxure architecture for on demand data centres, please call 0800 2799254.
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APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data centre and factory floor applications. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC provides pioneering, energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications that are well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained throughout their lifecycle. APC solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC's InfraStruxure® architecture, the industry’s most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution.
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