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The Data Center in a Box Revolutionized

The Data Center in a Box Revolutionized

data center in a boxData centers are a central part of the telecommunications infrastructure. This article dives into the data center in a box.

More users are on the internet, more applications are introduced, and more data needs to be stored every year. An issue that has been arising was that there is limited space for full-service data centers. One of the solutions to this issue is the floating data center, which utilizes water surface to compensate for little building space in places like in Singapore. Another solution has been getting resurgence and that is the portable data center.

What is A Portable Data Center?

A portable modular data center is not a new idea, but it has evolved. These moveable storing facilities come in all shapes and sizes. One of the most common portable data centers is encased in an IBM shipping container and is generally weatherproof, temperature proof, and dustproof. If more power is needed, then more IBM containers can be added on. These shipping developments have been able to assist mining companies and environment monitoring in remote locations, filming companies, and military organizations.

For the past decade, centralization has become a common trend in large data centers for connecting complex cloud sites. Centralization is the process of consolidating services and data to a single location. To support this trend with the shrinking availability of space, companies need to build smaller or micro data centers.

One option is refurbishing a current data center to process higher units, the second option is the shipping container data center, and the third option is much more efficient – a data center in a box. The data center in a box provides protection against smoke fire and delivers a secure and highly efficient infrastructure for data needs.

Data Center in a Box

According to Techopedia, a “data center in a box is a type of data center in which portable, mobile and modular information nodes are self-contained within a cargo container.” The whole design is for quick efficient acquisition and deployment of data and was originally developed for remote areas.

There are multiple benefits to a data center in a center in a box

  • Minimal Transportation Time
  • Minimal Operational, Set Up Time
  • Can Hold Thousands of Server Racks
  • Consumes Less Energy than Standard Data Center
  • Take Up Less Physical Space than Standard Data Center

Dell Introduces its Data Center in a Box

Last week, Dell introduced the Modular Data Centre Micro 415, a mini data center rack-in-a-box with new streaming data software. This new addition to the Dell product and software offerings provides customers with a radical temperature-resistant casing. Other features also include a secure locking system, remote, power, and cooling management with smoke and fire prevention options. The Research Director correlated how this data center will work perfectly for edge computing and even stated, “Edge computing will become a critical element for most every enterprise looking to gain business insights and competitive advantage.

Rittal Introduces its Data Center in a Box

Rittal also sports its own “DCiB” or data center in a box. The company claims that its version mitigates risk and offers amazing benefits. Those benefits include climate control, a 19” rack, system monitoring with alert messaging, cloud infrastructure, edge computing, and manufacturing in harsh environments.

Other options

Sun Modular claims that their “portable” data center is earthquake ready. Also, Rackable Systems created a storage data center that is coined the “ICE Cube,” which can accommodate over 11,00 core processing units.

The internet of things has been seeing a trend to the cloud and edge computing and the other aspects of telecommunications will have to follow suit with options such as the data center in a box. To help your company stay on top of telecommunication location-based data, such as the elusive data center, be sure to contact GeoTel today!


Author: GeoTel Experts

Valerie Stephen