The growing need for data center capacity
State of the art data centers are being considered for industry segments such as healthcare, academia, and others because of the mission-critical nature, importance of secure data traffic, and ultimately the need for dedicated infrastructure to support it. In order to improve processing power availability closer to where the data is generated or required, data center design will continue to evolve with the market needs.
Brick and mortar data center challenges
Methods of construction can certainly vary in scale but historically, data centers have been constructed on site in permanent buildings and require large capital investments. Integrating power systems, cooling systems, security systems and beyond to an immense assortment of high-tech equipment amplifies the risk profile of construction. In addition, brick and mortar data centers require full capacity of services on day one of operation even if the center remains largely unfilled for extended time periods. The lack of flexibility in a brick and mortar approach requires the ability to predict the future configuration of the technology systems involved to ensure full utilization of the center.
The labor-intensive brick and mortar data centers are no longer congruent with the growth rate of the industry when complex logistics, capital investment and scalability are considered. The large investment needed to build, maintain, and scale a brick and mortar data center have pressed industry design engineers into a more pragmatic approach. In today’s business environment, the modern data center design should be easily and cost effectively constructed, adaptable to constant change, intrinsically safe, and as energy efficient as possible.
The advantage of modular data center design
According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, data centers upgrade to new IT equipment every three to five years. In order to adapt to the changing requirements of the data center market, from the very largest hyperscale facilities to the smallest edge centers, design engineers are choosing the flexibility of modular construction.
A modular data center is an engineered, factory built enclosure system integrated for seamless onsite installation. The modular data center utilizes scalable and repeatable design that incorporates necessary power and cooling components. “Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of 30% compared to traditional, built-out data center power and cooling infrastructure. Avoiding overbuilt capacity and scaling the design over time contributes to a significant percentage of the overall savings.
AZZ’s custom modular data centers
Engineered to the highest quality standards, AZZ custom data centers provide scalable capacity. Interior dimensions are customizable to meet the IT requirements increasing the flexibility of design for immediate and long term needs. AZZ also provides optional removable end walls to address future expansion. Factory assembled to meet exacting data center specifications, AZZ utilizes interlocking galvannealed A60 interior and exterior steel panels that require fewer fasteners in construction and provide greater strength and resistance to corrosion and weather intrusion for maximum protection from the environment. AZZ’s custom data centers are delivered factory assembled, wired and pre-tested to minimize on-site assembly and associated delays during installation. With fast turnaround and expedient delivery, AZZ provides a modular alternative to brick and mortar data centers that reduce the risk of complex logistics, capital investment and scalability.
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