Micro data centers differentiate themselves from other prefabricated designs with their ability to pack a lot into a very small environment. For example, one of these data centers can include 20 servers that harness virtualization technology, switches that take up only one or two rack units, cooling and a UPS system. Need more than that? Just add another box. This method is quick to deploy, highly scalable and creates a uniform design so technology support knows exactly what’s going on.
Based out of Chandler, AZ, BASELAYER was spun out of IO in December of 2014. Currently, IO is the second largest private data center operator in the world. Prior to the new entity, BASELAYER OS was known as IO.OS – a data center management platform – and served more than 600 enterprises through IO’s colocation business.
IO colocation is powering New York City-based Loud Partners’ managed services business. Loud Partners has doubled its capacity at IO, and moved from a shared data center environment to modular data center infrastructure.
IO allows Loud Partners to offer colocation services without them having to invest resources in building and maintaining their own data center.
Keystone NAP has delivered the first modular “KeyBlock” unit to its data center on the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The modules were co-developed with Schneider Electric and are configured to each individual customer’s power, cooling, and network connectivity needs.
IO, the Phoenix-based data center provider best known for its modular data center containers, is going to be split into two companies. One, called IO, will continue operating as a data center provider, while the other, called BaseLayer, will be a technology vendor, selling data center containers and data center infrastructure management software IO.OS.
The modern data center has truly evolved. We have branch locations, complete systems for disaster recovery, and cloud platforms capable of handling large influxes of users. Similarly, the model of the data center has also evolved.
Data center systems or subsystems that are preassembled in a factory are often described as prefabricated, containerized, modular and skid-based, among others.
Baidu, the largest Chinese search engine and Web services company (China’s equivalent of Google, essentially) has bought two pre-fabricated data center modules from the French energy management, infrastructure and automation multinational Schneider Electric.
IO has been granted a new patent for the company’s software-defined modular data center. The patent defines the technology necessary for a modular data center with intelligent management, monitoring and control mechanisms.
The patent describes a modular data center which includes a network module and power module, which contains electronics equipment for conditioning and distributing power to the one or more data modules and the network module.
Cannon Technologies introduced the T4 Granular Modular Data Centre, the latest product in its modular data center portfolio. T4 uses components that can be manually assembled on-site without the use of a crane to solve logistical challenges.
Modular data centers are generally used for just-in-time infrastructure or for data centers in hard-to-reach places. The company says that virtually any size is possible from a few racks to a few hundred.
It’s clear that the modern data center is significantly different than anything we had just a few years ago. As we integrate more technologies into our infrastructure, administrators are continuously tasked with supporting more applications, data and users.