This blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions,” in which we will explain common terms in communications network infrastructure.
an enterprise or multi tenant (co-location) facility, the data center
is fast becoming an organization’s most
valuable strategic asset. Its ability to handle immense volumes of data,
provide highly reliable IT services for users and quickly adapt to the increasing demands of a dynamic environment canmake or break a business. As a
result, IT and facilities professionals are constantly looking to make their
data centers more agile and efficient.
A typical data center is a traditional brick-and-mortar facility that can
range from a few thousand to a million
square feet or more. A data center of this type is often pre-designed to house all of the
necessary racks, power distribution, cooling, cabling, fire suppression, and
physical security systems needed to support
IT services over the next 10 to 15 years. These
facilities can come with a hefty price
tag in the hundreds of millions of
dollars and take two to three years to
plan, design and build.
what’s the problem? As IT
technologies rapidly evolve and virtualization and cloud computing complicates
traditional capacity planning, a brick-and-mortar data center designed today
could conceivably become obsolete before it is ever deployed. Its power,
cooling and IT “white space” requirements might have been specified by the
business at a certain point in time, but by the time the facility actually goes live, the needs of the business – and the
data center technologies available to support the business – may have irrevocably changed. This constant demand for change results in stranded or
inadequate space, power, or cooling, and leaves traditional data center owners trapped in a perpetual and expensive retrofit cycle while attempting to save their initial capital
As a result, many data center
owners and operators are exploring alternatives to traditional data center design-and-build.
Within the last several
years, the market has warmed to the concept of the prefabricated modular data center. A modular data center is a
concept that uses prefabricated modules – built and tested at a factory, disassembled,
shipped to a site and then reassembled to deliver data center white space, power and cooling infrastructure.
A modular data center can be set up and operational
within 14 to 20 weeks instead of two to three years. Also, as business
capacity needs or technologies change, new modules addressing the change can be
quickly and cost-efficiently added
or existing solutions pre-engineered for upgrading can be seamlessly modified.
This approach enables businesses to focus
on meeting their current and very near
term data center capacity needs, rather
than attempting to project and build for their anticipated
long-term demand. It creates a purpose-built data center infrastructure that’s built to fit from the start.
The benefits of a prefabricated modular data center include:
- Significant capital expenditure
savings in design, planning, construction and infrastructure
- Lower power, cooling, and operational expenses due to infrastructure right sizing, engineering out
complexity and the usage of hyper-efficient innovative cooling designs
- The ability to future-proof the data center by easily upgrading whenever
more capacity is needed
benefits are why the prefabricated modular data center is an extremely agile and cost-efficient option
for data center owners and operators looking beyond traditional approaches to
address rapid changes in business and technology needs today and tomorrow.
Data Center on Demand™
Purpose-Built Data Center
Video: The University of
Montana Benefits from CommScope’s Data Center on Demand
Video: CommScope’s Data
Center on Demand