Modular data centers are not new they have been around for quite some time now. After modular data centers came container data centers. Today we are experiencing, the emergence of micro modular data centers or MMDC’s.
A micro modular data center is a compact contained data center. One MMDC can replace up to 4 of the traditional raised floor racks. They can hold as few as 4 servers, and designed for computing different types of workloads, and problems. They are customizable to suit the particular need of an organization.
An MMDC is completely self-contained, housing the same components as larger traditional data centers. They can include built-in cooling systems, security systems, and fire protection. Other optional systems can include, biometric control, shock absorption or uninterrupted power supply (UPS).
Another nice option is that MMDC’s are scalable. If needed more servers or even MMDC’s themselves can be placed into use. Allowing for the growth of data storage or processing that may arise, to support a company’s workload.
Micro modular data centers are not just cool tech gadgets. They are extremely viable in today’s economy crunch. Everyone, especially business’, is looking to manage budgets, and save money. Compared to conventional brick and mortar data centers, MMDC’S offer significant savings including:
Cooling and electrical cost savings of up to 50%
Cutting capital investments from 50-80%
Operations and maintenance saving from 40-65%
Data center footprint reductions of up to 75%
When you take into consideration, these possible savings and the increase in data access, it is easy to understand why MMDC’S installations are on the rise.
Vendors have been competing over going smaller and more mobile for a long time. We see this in portable hard drives, personal servers, and smart devices, such as smartphones, and tablets. Suppliers have not hesitated to fill the vendor’s demands for smaller, more mobile data centers.
For business, MMDC’S have created, what is referred to as “Edge Computing”. Edge computing occurs when data is stored close to the end user or consumer. As opposed to being scattered in different locations, data becomes quick and easy to access. Providing faster more reliable services for consumers encourages business growth and expansion.
For the consumer, this means high-tech devices will become more available and advanced. The ability to use micro modular data centers for storage and computing opens the door for smaller higher-tech inventions. It also means they will become more reliant on smart devices. These same consumers already expect smoother transactions when they are paying for services because of the advancements in technology over the last few decades. Their demands and expectations will grow along with the technology being created for their benefit.