When IT’s Back is Up Against the Wall
traditional “brick and mortar” data center is a major capital expenditure (CapEx)
which requires considerable upfront costs and can take years to plan and build.
In a traditional build approach, corporations need to prepare for the
anticipated growth in their IT requirements at least 10 years or more in the
future. The pace of technological change makes this prediction difficult and,
consequently, many traditional data centers are built with excessive surplus
capacity well beyond their actual future demand.
addition, a traditional build approach may take longer to complete due to its
complexity, overcapacity requirement and possible coordination conflicts
between multiple trades. As a result of
the long planning processes with traditional data centers, the needs of the
organizations may have changed in the time between the initial data center
design and when it actually goes into service. Also, the existing data center
must “cope” with its limitations regarding technology, space and power.
this in mind, customers who are backed up against the proverbial “wall” are
turning to a relatively new option: the modular data center.
data center can be deployed in a much shorter time interval than traditional data
centers and the time to revenue for new data center services is much
earlier. Operational inefficiency in the
data center makes it more difficult for organizations to stay competitive and diverts
money that can be spent on more strategic investments to help drive more
revenue. Data centers that can’t enable revenue-generating applications in a
timely fashion or help scale to meet business needs and growth have a negative
impact on an organization’s bottom line.
deployment interval of the modular data center is a viable option when extra
capacity is needed. So whether a company is
opting to manage its own data center or utilize a co-location center
looking to expand rapidly in catering for the needs of its tenants, a modular
solution will increasingly have a place in the provision of data center
selecting a modular data center solution, organizations should look for an option
that is truly designed for the IT data center application. One important aspect to note is that not all
modular solutions are the same – some are just shipping containers or
pre-fabricated structures and can limit an organization’s options. But it is
important to note that some modular solutions have benefits that include lower power usage effectiveness over its brick and mortar
deployment at a lower cost, it is easy to see why this modular data center
solution is a growing option for the enterprise. What do you think of the
modular data center? Do you think your organization’s network can benefit from
About the Author
Ciaran Forde is vice president of Global Data Center
Business for CommScope. With over 20 years experience in the telecommunications,
networking and cabling industry, Mr. Forde brings a wealth of technological and
management expertise to the SYSTIMAX® business. He joined the Lucent
Technologies SYSTIMAX business in 1998, with responsibility for Engineering and
Product Management in the region, before progressing to the role of regional account
director in 2001.
Mr. Forde assumed sales responsibility for Middle East,
Pakistan and Africa in 2006 and was appointed vice president of sales for EMEA
in 2011 before taking his new role at the start of 2014. He balances commercial
responsibilities with a keen interest and expertise in the more technical aspects
of communications and is a frequent speaker at industry events as well as a
regular commentator in the print media on a variety of topics at events around
Mr. Forde holds a bachelor’s of science in physics and an
MBA from Kingston University and Business School (London).