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modular systems A modular data centre in a nutshell Modular data centres are (as you’d imagine) modules that can be set up quickly in the form of building blocks across key components, such as racks, power distribution, cooling, security and monitoring, and remote management. They permit flexible scaling, total cost of ownership, and can readily support or even drive business growth. They can be permanent or temporary, and the relative speed and ease of their deployment – in any environment – means they are getting increasingly popular. They also provide substantial capex and opex savings over traditional data centre designs. Not surprisingly, they have been widely adopted across all industry sectors, for a variety of reasons. It may be institutions that need to scale resources quickly and flexibly to handle increasing data volumes from business applications and Big Data analytics. Or, it may be midsize manufacturing companies that cannot afford a traditional data centre but want to keep sensitive data inhouse. There are also location based scenarios required by the oil/gas sector and the military. However, it remains the case that reducing costs is the main reason for switching to modular facilities mainly because the exponential growth in data volumes that data centres handle in recent years has applied significant pressure to IT budgets. You also get better energy efficiency with modular systems. Modular products can be supplied within shipping containers or premanufactured steel rooms. They can be deployed or assembled on a customer site for external use, or supplied as building-block style designs for use within data centre buildings, effectively replacing traditional raised floor and purpose-built facilities. They can function as stand alone structures or inside existing facilities, which may be the data centre itself or any other building such as a warehouse or factory. Essentially, a modular approach does not mean you have to abandon an existing data Modular data centres permit flexible scaling, total cost of ownership, and can readily support or even drive business growth. to design, implementation and operation complex, made-tomeasure approaches dominate. This has led to a growth in so-called modular data centres which provide users with greater flexibility, agility and scalability. These modular data centres allow for shorter IT product lifecycles, allowing the rapid commission of new systems or implementation of new regulations as required. 17