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5 Differences Between Modular and Traditional Data Centers

Data center technology is at the center of the mobile, cloud, information and social media economy. 

We know the data center is a location housing servers and communication systems enabling businesses to run websites, cloud based software and other information and bandwidth rich systems.

With data centers becoming an integral part of any business touching software, social networking, or other business systems, modular data centers are providing a unique opportunity for businesses to temporarily or permanently host their data needs. 

There are many advantages of using a modular data center over a traditional one, and the following six areas show some of the differences between modular and permanent data center construction and how each one can benefit your organisation.

1. Quality Control

One of the major differences between modular data centers and warehouse data centers is the system for quality control available via a modular production process.

Every data center housed in a building is going to have unique issues in the construction of that building. These issues include different construction crews, different inspection teams, and even different hardware and software infrastructure and installation teams if enough time has passed between data center production. On the other hand, modular data centers are produced to measurable specifications using similar inspection and construction materials and teams. This factory manufacturing system produces predictable quality results every time.(NOTE – include a line about the site specific engineering requirements of most large traditional datacenters.  Unque designs bring unique problems.  Less on the different construction crews.)

2. Modular Data Center Scalability

Although many large data centers have space for your business to scale within their warehouse, there is a large cost and time delay as racks are positioned and installed and your ICT equipment is provisioned and integrated into the data center. A modular datapod on the other hand can be delivered intact and ready for use.

This allows your business to scale up and down swiftly and cost effectively regardless of location or time table. Additionally, modular data centers give your business control of your servers as you scale your business reducing the risk associated with using colocation services in other business’s data centers to scale.

3. Maintain the Most Up-To Date Technology  

Traditional data centers require planning years ahead of current needs in order to save on capital costs. This causes many private data centers to fall behind on technology trends because they cannot adopt new technology fast enough with the costs and time associated with legacy construction and development. A modular system focuses on a much smaller time frame for construction, deployment, depreciation and redeployment. This means that your technology will be more up to date and as your business scales, you will always have the best technology available to do so. 

4. Resource Allocation

Whether using colocation or legacy construction, traditional data center options require that you pay for the costs of heating, cooling, humidity control and power requirements for a section of the data center often much larger than you need. While colocation costs are spread across all the inhabitants of the data center, it still often requires temperature and power provided to areas not currently in use. This cost is paid by the colocation customers. A full size data center owned solely by your own business has the potential to increase costs and energy resources over years while you are waiting to increase your data center use to include the floor space currently sitting empty. Modular data centers give you the ability to allocate resources for only the space you are currently using. 

5. Environmental Systems

Datapods are enclosed environments. This gives the heating and cooling systems green options which operate well above industry standards for data centers. Since data center cooling operations are some of the largest consumers of water globally and are the largest consumers of power, creating ecologically sustainable data centers is one of the major differentiating principle of modular data centers. A closed system can easily utilize water-side free cooling techniques, heat sink technologies and power efficiency technologies to provide the smallest possible environmental footprint. To pre-register for the Datapod Efficiency and Sustainability White Paper click here.

These differences between modular, legacy construction and colocation show that Datapod Systems create opportunities for organisations in any industry to increase data management while controlling environmental, capital and labour costs.

Datapod Systems can also provide unique secure technological solutions for organisations needing large amounts of data in secure environments like hospitals, airlines, security firms and other industries dealing with large amounts of sensitive data. 

Whether your organisation is looking at creating a unique data center solution for your internal information, creating cloud based software systems, offering data storage to your customers or needing to expand into more regional and international communication networks, modular data centers are a great option for data management. 

These five differences give organisations tools to grow, to manage their information securely and to create custom affordable solutions for data needs. These are only some of the many differences between modular containerized and traditional data centers, for more information on modular data centers including specifications and customization options, please download our system guide.

For any other questions regarding data center technology or the range of solutions Datapod provide download the Datapod White paper or contact us today.

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Data center needs of public utilities

Power companies, gas and water utilities rely increasingly on services arranged in “smart grids.” Advanced metering and service distribution around the grid can generate huge amounts of data. Once the data processing system is fully developed utilities will be able to receive and apply information with an unprecedented level of detail. The availability of this detailed information will profoundly affect the relationship between utilities and their consumers.

Smart grids require information management. Data centers will become an increasingly important part of the utility infrastructure. Management of rooftop solar panels and other alternative energy generators within the grid and anything else that involves control of more points of presence in the distribution of utility services increases the need for data management.

As utilities integrate their smart grid infrastructures the volume of information increases. Some experts are asking what the information processing demand will be when smart grids for electricity, water, gas and telecom utilities are integrated together. As the world moves closer to full integration of the internet of things, the information processing demand could grow dramatically.

Data centers as public utilities

Data centers could themselves evolve into public utilities. Already, California’s public utility services list broadband internet along with electricity, water, and gas as a public utility (California Public Utilities Commission Emerging Issues Forum). Many data centers have substantial backup power capacity that is unused almost all the time. Data centers could themselves be tied into a power grid like wind turbines or solar panels. The processing of data for public utilities is in fact a public utility.

California has already started to debate the privacy issue in its discussion of big data applications for the power grid. They are contemplating a legal environment where privacy rights can be violated by information that could soon be made available to public utilities.

How can smart grids meet their data processing demand?

Many public utilities have begun speculating about the use of modular data centers equipped with fuel cells or biogas power sources situated near high density data input points.

The latest eBay facility near Salt Lake City, Utah is often cited as an example of a production data center that does not rely on generators for power. The eBay facility is powered by natural gas converted to electricity and uses the local utility grid as a backup.

Microsoft researchers have plans for modular data centers at the sites of waste treatment plants that could use biogas to electricity fuel cell technology for power. Microsoft along with Siemens actually opened such a zero-carbon, biogas powered data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The fuel cell generates about 300 kW of renewable power of which 100 kW is unused by the data center and could be added to the power grid.

Large data centers consume about 1.5% of total electricity demand globally. That percentage will clearly increase as the world moves into the digitally-connected, network-centric social, commercial and industrial environment. Large cloud based data centers consume vast and increasing amounts of energy.

The use of modular data centers powered by clean energy sources is seen by many as a way of reducing the energy footprint of data management. In 2013, the Arizona Public Service directly compared the energy efficiency of “traditional raised floor” data centers and modular data centers. They found significant efficiency improvements in the modular systems. The difference translated into a potential saving of $200,000 per megawatt of information processing output. Their report concludes:

  • Modular systems ensure more efficient use of space that promotes greater energy efficiency.
  • Features include sealed walls, floors and doors as well as under-floor or overhead cooling systems that enhance energy efficiency.
  • More precisely engineered airflow support many times more output per cabinet than traditional systems.

According to the Datacenter Journal, currently the penetration of modular data centers is about 1% of total capacity. Even though the percentage seems small, the market is actually worth nearly a billion dollars a year. It is estimated to be growing about 20% per year as well. 

Modular data centers for the utilities sector

In 2014, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) contracted with Datapod to provide a four pod modular data center system to manage its water and waste management systems. The WSSC is the public utility operating water and waste water services for nearly two million people around the nation’s capital region. The Datapod system represents a new approach to data center design, including its own power, cooling, fire-suppression and generator power backup in the design. This is a four module system designed to be scaled-up about 5 times its present capacity over time.

At the end of 2014, Datacenter Dynamics, the newsletter of data centers, reported that the Salt River Project in Central Arizona has begun the installation of modular data centers outdoors near the utilities electrical infrastructure with direct connections to the power grid. The utility company believes that modular units placed closer to the power grid itself has a number of important advantages.

  • It allows the data center to grow and change while minimizing the impact of constructing new power lines.
  • It drastically reduces the time needed to increase data center capacity.
  • Organizations that need to ramp up capacity can do so in a more incremental, cost and time effective way.
  • The modular units are connected to a bulk transmission line which is more reliable than a conventional power feed, with redundant feeds for backup instead of a diesel generator.

Modular data centers directly connected to power stations could evolve into a data center computing grid. With completely reliable power sources at hand where telecom and power lines meet, more modular units can be added to keep pace with demand much faster than stationary facilities can be built or upgraded.

Datapod is a leading provider of modular data center solutions for more information about Datapod down load the Datapod  White Paper or pre-register for the Datapod Data Center Efficiency and Sustainability White Paper.

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Modular Data Center Solution for High Performance and Supercomputing

Supercomputing needs a super solution

For the fourth consecutive time, the world’s top 500 super computer list was headed by Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology.

According to Top500.org  the Tianhe-2 system delivers a performance of 33.86 Pflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 44th edition of the twice-yearly Top 500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

More and more supercomputing  or High Performance Computing (HPC) is being linked to nation building, with regions like Europe, North America and Asian embracing the benefits that supercomputing can bring to research and the development of the economy.

This link to nation building was highlighted in a recent article by the Financial Times when it made reference to President Barack Obama  State of the Union speech in 2011 when he acknowledged China had just grabbed the lead in supercomputing.

“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment,” The President said, comparing supercomputing to the space race between Russia and the US in the 1960s.

But supercomputing is also being recognised by other regions in the world including Africa and South America and with the capability modular data center infrastructure can bring to supercomputing, many regions not previously known for supercomputing are now making the leap into supercomputing and over their competitors.

More and more the modular data center approach is providing a super solution to supercomputing.

There are now numerous examples worldwide of where a modular data center approach has been successfully deployed to accommodate HPC systems and the reasons the modular data center approach is adding capability to high performance computing  is four fold :

  • Less expensive,
  • Speed to deployment and commission
  • Scalable
  • Higher density and efficiency

It has been shown to be significantly less expensive to create a purpose built modular environment for a new supercomputer than to upgrade existing data center facilities that accommodate a much wider array of equipment. 

The Datapod System provides customers with advanced performance, flexibility, and deployability specific to the new supercomputer needs.  The combination of less cost and speed to deployment means organisations can begin to think in real time as opposed to the lengthy plan/design/build delays familiar to legacy data center projects.  The modular approach means a High Performance Computing solution can practically be purchased off the shelf and significantly reduces the time associated with planning and implementation.

The modular approach will also enable a further disruption of the top 500 supercomputers, by enabling new entries to bring forward the timing of their deployment and improve the longevity of the system, as modules are added and replaced seamlessly with the age of the facility and without downtime.

High Performance Computers are no longer constrained by a buildings footprint.  Modular data center modules, like the modules offered by Datapod can be seamlessly ordered and added to existing systems. For example, a Datapod  customer at a university in Australia has transformed a disused space into a data center/computing facility  with ample room to expand the facility as required.  But the suitability of the modular approach is not just limited to the university sector. The attributes of the modular data center approach is also suited to meet needs in the energy, government, including defense, and manufacturing.

The efficient design and the use of chilled water cooling in the Datapod modular data center means higher density computing  of above 30 kW per rack can be achieved which allows the system to support multi-petabyte performance with an efficient use of resources.

The major benefit of supercomputing is it enables to significantly condense the time it takes to make calculations which means everything from gene sequencing, to advance 3D deep seafloor modelling to developing new creative design solutions can be developed faster, which in turn provides a significant advantage to an organisation and to the local economy that houses the supercomputing facility.

Datapod has been at the forefront of modular data center technology since 2007 and has built a reputation for quality and performance.

To speak with a consultant regarding your supercomputing needs contact us today.

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Data Center Capability Statement for University and Research Sector

CANBERRA Australia: Datapod has released their modular data center capability statement for the university and research sector today and the document is now ready for download from the Datapod website.

The University and Research Capability Statement is a follow up to the Datapod White Paper and a number of other capability statements for other industry sectors.

The university and research sector presents a challenging data center environment because of the diverse range of applications and users that must be accommodated.

The university and research sectors underlying data centre infrastructure must support a broad spectrum of requirements ranging from High Performance Computing (HPC) systems to highly resilient enterprise systems, while also ensuring capital and operational cost efficiency and flexibility to cater for future demands as they arise.

Datapod Director and Chief Architect  Mr Scott Carr said, ‘The Datapod System is purpose built for such an environment and our professional team has extensive experience to guide you through the pitfalls and challenges that you are facing. I welcome you to our capabilities in the university and research sector and invite you to follow up with our team who are ready to assist you with any further questions.”

Key take-outs from the University and Research Capability Statement include:

  • Datapod modular data centers provide a flexible and scalable solution,
  • OPEX and CAPEX savings associated with the modular data center approach,
  • How Datapod is positioned to assist Universities to drive better student, teacher and research outcomes,
  • Drive productivity and profitability,as well as better environmental outcomes though energy efficient and sustainable modular data center deployments.
  • Enable universities to add new revenue streamlines and extend their brands into new markets.

Datapod is a multi-award winning manufacturer of modular data centers and ships to locations around the world.

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Trends and predictions for 2015 that will impact on data centers

By reading the latest reports and content from the world’s leading data center industry commentators like Mikle Allen, Rich Miller,Yevgeniy Sverdlikor Meredith Courtemanche and you can start to see some common themes occurring.

Themes that will continue to have large impacts in the data center industry and how the modular approach is central to accommodating these rapid changes.

For Datapod, we have identified five key factors that will impact on the data center industry and how modular data centers providers like Datapod will be key to delivering goods and services in an increasingly connected world.

1. Internet of Things (IoT)

Defined as the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure by Wikipedia, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services, everything from smart light bulbs that can be controlled from a hand device to devices that have recognition capability and perform automated task when triggered.

The IoT of things is expected to continue to grow during 2015 with some researchers predicting the planet will have over 30 billion connected end-points by 2020.

This will have a massive impact on data centers with the need to process and store data on scales never experienced before in human history.

This will have a profound impact on data center infrastructure. Speed to deployment and scalability will be key to a successful data center strategy as demand of IoT products increase.

2. Demand for greener data centers

Data centers have traditionally been large consumers of energy and in 2015 the data center industry will continue to push the environmental boundaries in energy efficiency.

Whether it is spurred on by an organisations environmental policy, through NABERS Ratings or by Greenpeace monitoring and ‘outing’ inefficient data centers, CIO’s and Data Center Managers are looking for the most environmentally friendly data center solutions in the market.

Modular data centers are at the heart of providing a reliable and sustainable solution.

Scalability, reduced (and in some cases zero) water consumption, recyclability, energy efficiency are the hallmarks of the Datapod modular data center system and provide a quality solution for organisations looking to make serious headway in this space. By 2015, global investment in energy-efficient data center technologies will represent 28% of the $150 billion data center infrastructure market, according to Pike Research.

3. Internet Traffic

Writer David Russell Schilling from Industry Tap Into News  suggests human knowledge is doubling every 12 months, on top of humans being visual creatures, and commentators predicting by 2015 91% of the over five zettabytes (1ZB= 10007bytes = 1021bytes = 1000000000000000000000bytes) data center traffic will be video content, including HD and 3D video.

This unprecedented demand places incredible pressure on CIO’s and data center managers and the strategies they need to have in place. Gone are the days of building a bricks and mortar data center and expecting the facility to last for 20 years.

Increased internet traffic and the subsequent demand means data center strategies need to employ a range of approaches including visualisation (software defined), automation, and scalability. As a leading modular data center solution Datapod is well positioned to provide expertise to organisations looking for a flexible solution.

4. Private and public cloud

Cloud will continue to be a way for organisations to drive productivity and efficiency and a way for end consumers to more easily store and interact with products and other users.

Some of the statistics from the recent Cloud Index Report from Cisco include:

  • In 2015, 70% of all workloads will be processed in cloud data centers.
  • Cloud data center traffic will increase 4X faster than traditional data center traffic.
  • Public cloud workload growth rate will be 50% higher than its private counterpart.
  • By 2018, 53% (2 billion) of the consumer Internet population will use personal cloud storage, up from 38% (922 million) in 2013.
  • Globally, consumer cloud storage traffic per user will be 811 MB per month by 2018, compared to 186 MB per month in 2013.

Demand for cloud and the way customers use the cloud will place high demands on the physical data center responsible for the processing and storage of the cloud based services.

Whether private or public the modular data center approach is key to delivering on cloud demand. The short time to deployment and scalable nature of a modular data center system means cloud providers can scale up their infrastructure in real time.

5. Consolidation of modular data center providers

Schneider Electric signalled its intentions to capture a larger share of the modular data center market in 2014 by acquiring AST Modular.

It is expected 2015 will see a further consolidation of the modular date center industry as companies position themselves for a share of a market, which is predicted by Markets and Markets, to be worth $40 billion industry by 2018.

With an established partner network worldwide Datapod is able to deploy modular data center solutions to locations around the world. Outside of acquisitions, enhancing partnerships and broadening global networks will be key to success in 2015.

There is no doubt 2015 will be an exciting year in the modular data center industry with advances in technology and the way people consume online content key to driving the modular data center industry.

But as everything seems to change right before our eyes, one thing will remain constant in 2015 – Datapod’s unwavering commitment to our customers by providing class leading modular data center solutions.

We have told you our predictions for 2015 – now it is your turn.

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Modular data centers for defense military deployments

B-2 advanced technology bomber

Modular data systems are portable, easily set up containerized data center units and are well suited for use on defense and military installations and provide a strategic advantage in remote locations.

Whether it is Afghanistan, the Middle East, South America or Europe the Datapod modular center system is designed to provide enterprise grade output in any physical environment.   Increasing military use of modular data centers doesn’t come as a shock. In fact, being designed to be energy efficient as well as easily and readily deployed makes them ideal for use in military and defense areas and large increases of these modular data centers in the military applications, can be expected in the future.

Modular data center system infrastructure means any proposed military installation can have a reliable data center right from the start of a defense deployment and can be scaled up, or relocated after the installation is no longer needed.

The Datapod System can also be configured to provide any type of redundancy options, where all critical equipment can be single or dual-powered, including HVAC systems, backup power generation facilities, UPS and power distribution and other critical systems.  Systems can be configured to provide design-availability at any level required.

Here are some examples of what can be included and configured in Datapod modular data center:

  • Server racks 
  • Power Distribution Units
  • Structured cabling and data connections (fiber, copper)
  • closed loop system supports cooling capacity of the IT Pack
  • Battery backup and power conditioning system

Defense forces from more and more nations are ramping up spending on modular data center infrastructure for both military deployments and home base activities and it is easy to see why; Nations are moving in this area to provide better speed of deployment, flexibility and cost effectiveness relating to:

  • Network equipment and activity
  • Tactical operations, intelligence processing
  • Monitoring and surveillance 
  • Traffic management, including air traffic control
  • Information storage
  • Robotic and drone technology
  • Medical and other emergency responses.

Datapod’s modular data centers are ready to be shipped and sold to military today.   

To suit the environment the Datapod System can be ‘wrapped’ in a camouflage to match army of defense fatigue designs, much like vehicle wrapping, making the infrastructure harder to detect using conventional surveillance methods. Whether a six-colour desert pattern used in desert or a Disruptive Pattern Material used by British Armed Forces, each piece of data center infrastructure can be wrapped in the relevant fatigue.

If you would like to know more about modular data centers and would like to speak confidentially with an authorised Datapod Representative contact us or for more information about Datapod capabilities download our white paper.

Picture above: Appears courtesy of Wiki Commons. A view of a B-2 advanced technology bomber on the ground at the Air Force Flight Test Center for its first flight.

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What do you get when you order a Datapod modular data center?

When you buy a Datapod System you are buying from the thought leaders in the modular data center industry.

Purchasing a data center as a factory-manufactured product, as opposed to a typical construction project is a new paradigm, so we have put together an article which illustrates what a modular data center from Datapod consists of.

The Datapod System includes all site infrastructure, components and services required for the provision of the complete modular data center, with the exclusion of preliminary site preparation. 

Datapod also offers customers the ability to tailor their system via differing density options, datahall sizes, cooling types and tier levels.  Optional service contract extensions are available over the initial one year comprehensive warranty, onsite support and preventative maintenance.   Site preparation is typically a requirement left to the customer, although Datapod can provide these value-added services if required, including security options such as fencing and CCTV solutions.

The Datapod System is built to the highest Enterprise-grade standards has an expected lifespan of >25 years, however, through normal wear it should be noted that the power and cooling components may need to be changed or upgraded mid-life to maintain the optimum performance of the system.

The internal data center architecture, including UPS, cooling, racks and power distribution, and all functional sub-assemblies for inside the data center mirror the Datapod approach for the outer structure itself, and the two systems are optimally combined to deliver the world’s best modular data center.

A standard Datapod modular data center system incorporates the following items – with quantities of each item varying on the size and tier level of each data center requirement:

  • A data hall constructed in dual-llayer insulated steel, rated to IP65, and incorporating faraday cage insulative properties
  • Modular UPS chassis configured to meet ‘day 1’ requirements with expansion capacity for future growth.
  • Battery capacity to provide a minimum of10 minutes runtime at full load
  • A Connection Node, featuring single or dual Mains Distribution Boards with Power Quality Metering, Client Sub-distribution Board, Generator Input board with Automatic Transfer Switch. 
  • 300mm DX or CW Inrow Cooling Units (offering N+1 redundancy per row)
  • 600mm or 750mm wide Equipment Racks each with dual 16A or 32A single phase Metered PDU’s
  • One or more 750mm wide Comms Racks 
  • Hot-Aisle-Containment kit with sliding door at both ends
  • VESDA system and sampling pipes, and Fire Indicator Panel within data hall
  • Integrated Management and Control System (IMCS) covering all physical infrastructure
  • Access control/security system on external and internal doors
  • Full preparation, installation and commissioning
  • One-year fully comprehensive support and maintenance including Preventative Maintenance Visits, Onsite Support and Remote Monitoring via the Datapod NOC.

So what is the purpose of each Datapod?

The Starterpod 

The Starterpod is the initial pod deployed for all Datapod systems. It incorporates the electrical, mechanical and datacomms connection points for the entire data hall.

Starterpods differ based on their design density, type of cooling, and redundancy level.

Expanderpods

The Expanderpod modules connect to the Starterpod to create a contiguous space and are fitted with up to six additional rack positions, as well as additional Inrow Cooling Units and/or Modular Power Distribution units.

Any number of Expanderpods can connect to form a data-hall of any required size.

Connection Node

The Connection Node is a services aggregation point and is the only piece of equipment in the system that can be considered as ‘fixed infrastructure’ during operation. As the point that combines all supply inputs such as power, water, data, as well as housing 2ndary pumps (where required/CW version), ATS and distribution board(s) with power quality metering.

Endmount Assembly


The Endmount Assembly is a 1⁄4 length ISO module that contains all external physical infrastructure. Endmount Assemblies will typically house the Fire Suppression systems (cylinders) and Entrypod house air-conditioning condenser, as well as a set of stairs leading to the roof area above the datahall for servicing of the roof-mounted condensers if required.

Endpod (Optional)

The Endpod module completes the system by providing a second sliding door to the Hot Aisle Containment zone.

Usually incorporating only four racks and two Inrow cooling units, the Endpod provides space for staff to move around the front and rear of the IT racks.

Entrypod

The Entrypod is provided as either a single, or multiple modules to provide clients with a control room environment.

Standard fit-out can accommodate a quantity of workstations with desk, chairs and power/network connectivity. The Entrypod incorporates a 15m2 workspace fitted out with a full height glass viewing wall separates the Entrypod from the data halls.

The system can include the following key sub-systems:

• Entrypod Positive Pressurisation System

• Entrypod Full Height Glass Partition

• Cardax Access Control System to Data Hall

• Entrypod Comfort Air conditioning Package

• Entrypod non-UPS backed electrical panel board

• Cable ducting system including desk height GPO’s and data connection points

If you are considering any kind of data center deployment speak to one of our experienced representatives. Link to contact page

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Modular data center could provide technology to lead Ebola fight

Ebolo Strand

The idea of modular data centers for emergency deployments is receiving increasing recognition among government and large corporate organizations and could provide the technological key to leading the fight against Ebola in Western Africa.

The ability to rapidly deploy a modular data center system could provide critical technological infrastructure that would enable practitioners to deliver better patient outcomes in this remote location.

Enter the Datapod System. The Datapod System is an end-to-end enterprise grade modular data center that can be manufactured and deployed to site in 12-16 weeks and would provide significant benefits to medical service providers located in affected region.

The Datapod System would provide the technological foundation to provide the following outcomes:

  • Enable better management and storage of sensitive medical data, including medical records
  • Enable to medical practitioners to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and associated capabilities
  • Increase computing power and deliver better diagnostic outcomes, including medical collaboration
  • Enable increased computing capability for analysis and treatment, including the exchange of  health information and use of robotic equipment
  • Provide a center for data and communications
  • Provide a secure and clean workspace data center management team and other administrators
  • Provide a facility that can be redeployed for a different purpose at the conclusion of the disaster.

The Datapod System would provide a foundation that enables activities that are common in the world’s leading hospitals including, but not limited to:

  • Video conferencing with colleagues in offsite locations
  • Recording digital footage
  • Accessing online patient data
  • Generate reports using hand held devices
  • Use medical care software platforms

The provision of a modular data center would enable a more efficient use of limited resources as well as deliver better and more accurate patient outcomes.

The Datapod modular data center is an flexible self-contained system that can easily be transported and delivers data center redundancy essential to supporting lifesaving services 24 hours a day.

Each module of the award winning data center design meets strict ISO standards and features a Utilitypod/s (depending on what level of redundancy is required) for off mains power. This means the Datapod System can be deployed anywhere, anytime.

The provision of the Datapod Connection Node means all services can be easily connected into the data center and a provision for remote satellite networking can be integrated into the system delivering a system that provides a reliable mission critical system.

The rugged design of the data center features a data hall constructed in dual-layer of insulated steel, rated to IP65, and incorporates faraday cage insulative properties, which is also cyclone and lightening proof.

The Datapod System could also deliver technological based outcomes in other areas affected by disasters such as a Tsunami or earthquake or alternatively, as part of an aid program to a developing nation to assist with the delivery of essential services.

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Considerations for a modular data center migration

Working in a Data Center Rack

According to various studies over 70% of the world’s leading organisations will need to update their data center facilities in the next five years.

Data center relocation is a common occurrence in a growing company regardless of whether your new data center is modular or bricks and mortar and everything from staff movements to the weather can influence a data center migration plan.

That said, the great aspect of a modular data center system is you only need to migrate once and then as your company and your IT needs grow you can just scale up your data center.

This scalability is great news and it means you will only ever have to migrate to a new data center one more time.

As CIO’s and Data Center Managers would know there is a lot of planning that goes into a data center migration and all in all it can take a number of months.

The other feature of a modular system when it comes to migration is there is peace of mind knowing the modular data center system has been factory acceptance tested before it is deployed to your site.

Questions like, Is it complete? Do you have details and its design and its dimensions? Do you know where it is located? Are all immediately eliminated because a modular data center is an end-to-end solution and is delivered to site in predetermined manufactured modules. Gone are the days of using cardboard boxes to simulate your equipment!

Datapod customers will know before their system gets to site that checks have already been conducted on electrical, safety, and environmental systems, and are signed offed again when a site deployment is completed. This also includes fully testing the air conditioning units, backup electrical systems, power, fire suppressants, and other facilities equipment.

To make sure your data center migration runs smoothly follow these tips

Communicate your intentions: Let staff and critical stakeholders know what is going on and how it may affect them.

Take staff and stakeholders on your journey for greater understanding and ‘buy in’.

It may also be worth considering engaging other hardware, software, telecommunications and utilities providers about the pending move. An FAQ sheet maybe a tool worth considering.

Conduct a stocktake: Like retailers take stock of the items they have on their selves, it is beneficial to take stock of the inventory in your current facility and prioritise it in terms of future use.

Inventory includes software, servers, storage and network equipment. Determine which infrastructure can be used in your new modular data center and put a strategy in place to off load or retire unrequired items.

Time is money: Conduct a relocation analysis and identify any risks and put strategies in place to manage these risks. Risks such as downtime can be managed by determining the hardware, application and technology requirements before the move.

Data migration plan: Moving to a modular data center cuts down the number of tasks associated with a data center migration when compared to a traditional data center, but for the tasks that do remain, specify the exact tasks to complete the relocation and assign responsibility for each task.

It is also worthwhile to identify other dependencies, such as an application on one server that can’t run properly until certain data stored on a different system is accessible.

If possible, stage the move in steps by grouping and moving related equipment together to minimize the overall downtime.

Back up twice: It is always recommended to ensure your organisation has two backups of your data before anything gets moved. Many things can be replaced, but you can’t replace your data.

Relocation execution: This means bringing in your relevant technical experts and Datapod professionals, making arrangements with hardware and software vendors for the shut-down and start-up of their various systems, and arranging for utilities to be moved from the current location to the new location. The modular nature of the Datapod System makes deployment to site easier and the Connection Node module makes connecting services to the data center less tedious.

There is no such thing as a generic data center checklist for a data center migration. Each situation is unique with unique challenges but one thing is for sure, migrating to a modular data center cuts down the number of and gives Datapod customers peace of mind.

Contact us with your situation or questions, and we will help you derive the best migration checklist and plan for your situation.

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Scalable modular data center solutions for airports

Massive data use combined with more sophisticated software, technology and a rapid rise in airline traffic globally is increasing the need for airports around the world to develop scalable data center solutions.

The number of airline flights has risen 40% over the last ten years and is set to continue increasing at a faster pace.

The breadth of functionality in the use of data systems has immeasurably increased along with the heightened security demands and the massive development of flight technology.

In major airports where the demand on data systems is rapidly expanding, having the flexibility and scalability to expand data center capacity on timely and economically manageable terms is vital.

If you are building a data center for an airport where you know you will need to expand over the next ten years, like many other sectors, you can build a data center much larger than the one you now need to include future capacity, or you can cost effectively upgrade your capacity as you need it, lowering capital and operational costs.

Apart from the general benefits of a modular data center, the Datapod modular data center System has specific benefits for the airport industry.  These include enabling the airport to maximise the return on investment and productivity gains by utilising unused or underutilised onsite space. 

The high levels of security infrastructure can also be leveraged to create a secure product offering for third party fee for service operators.  Such a facility will be better positioned to reconcile passenger needs by driving better vendor outcomes and business efficiency through using the latest IT and communications technology. 

Such an approach also enables airport data center infrastructure  to incrementally grow with increases in flights and luggage and other processing requirements and this approach has already been adopted by many airports including, London City, Christchurch and Munich.

To learn more about the Datapod data center System.

Speak to one of our Data center consultants. 

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Data center security and big data issues facing the CIO


The increased usage of big data and the increasing need for security are two of the great data center issues facing CIO’s.

The pressures evolving from the increased use of large scale data analytic software and regulatory data retention requirements means that data centers have to store a wider variety of data types, whilst the data has to be more readily accessible for longer periods.  

Tight budgets require most data managers to focus on resource conservation with shrinking technical staff to handle inexorably increasing data processing demands, avoiding time consuming manual procedures.

Staffing data centers remains another major concern. According to a recent State of the Data Center Report, thirty-eight percent of data center operations are understaffed. Forty-three percent of IT operations report that finding qualified candidates for open positions is a major problem.

Because of the increasing mass of data storage and processing, critical infrastructure service continuity and security has also become an increasing concern.

Design of uninterruptable power supplies, diesel back-up generator systems, fail-safe power generation system and complex air conditioning are needed to support critical IT operations. The reliability of complex one-time engineered power and cooling systems becomes increasingly problematic as the load on critical infrastructure increases as the data mass continues to build.

During operation, finding accurate ways of pre-empting faults in power or cooling systems is vitally important. Ordinary load tests at time of commissioning often do not replicate dynamic real world conditions leaving data center operators unaware of the actual resilience of one of their most important assets.

Automated daily storage tasks like virtual machine migration, defragmentation, file system re-sizing and compression  do make operations more efficient.  Change-management tools, cluster management tools  and storage management software are now simpler, cheaper and easier to use. . These automated tools can be combined with replication technologies to reduce the workflow burden of data replication, backup and recovery.

Many CIOs are resorting to public cloud services to reduce some of the pressures of large scale data storage. However, using this approach raises concerns about data security and sovereignty.  A recent survey of “hackers” at the Defcon conference found that ninety-six percent of those who responded believe the cloud provides new opportunities for data theft. Eighty-six percent believed that cloud vendors are not doing enough to secure their servers.  Developments like CloudProtect software does offer some assurance that work is being done to provide new layers of protection for cloud stored data.

An alternative to public cloud storage, considered by many CIOs is to use modular data centers to create or expand private or hybrid cloud operations.   

Modular data centers are self-contained units that are scalable end-end-to-end solutions typically deployed to a client site and represent a manageable in-house, centrally controlled, and economical way of extending a secure data handling capacity.  Provisioned complete with end-to-end compute and storage infrastructure with cloud management software, or simply as a physical housing for client-infrastructure, an MDC solution deployed to a client site represents an immediate and more cost effective cloud solution than would be available via a traditional public cloud provider.

For any questions regarding the Datapod modular data center solution.

Also, you may like to download the Datapod White Paper.

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