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MODULAR DATA CENTERS AS A POTENTIAL STRATEGY TO ‘FUTURE PROOF’ FACILITIES
In an industry like the data center business, disruption, innovation and change are all constant. But a new report from Vertiv explores one primary concern the company sees as universal how to manage unpredictable growing demand today while remaining flexible for the future. The new white paper explores prefabricated modular data centers as one potential strategy to future proof the industry. One of the factors driving this potential shift is the growing number of edge compute cases. These, Vertiv points out, will potentially require significant volumes of medium to small or even micro data centers to manage the workloads associated with the Internet of Things or IoT.Edge site deployments could range from a 5 MW facility in a city to a single, hardened-rack next to a 5G mast on a building rooftop. Meeting that disruption from the core to the edge with conventional building approaches where every new facility is a ‘beautiful, unique snowflake’ will be near impossible,Vertiv asserts.The traditional construction process, in the past, has been the go-to, as the report states there often weren’t any viable alternatives. That said, these construction methods are time intensive, and it can often be difficult to factor future growth into the design. READ MORE