Contemplating a Modular Data Center? Points to ponder before taking the plunge

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As per the survey report of Global Market Insights Inc the global modular data center market is set to cross $50 billion in the next 4 to 5 years.  This figure was just $13 billion last year making this a quantum leap. Edge computing is far ahead as it already clocked $1.73 billion a couple of years ago and is set to cross $16.50 billion in the next 4 to 5 years. Although these figures look pretty impressive the fact of the matter is that both (modular and edge) seem to be complementing each other in their race ahead.

The need for local data center processing power

Thanks to a flurry of activity in the realms of IoT, automation in a wide spectrum of industries and digitization there is an increased need for seamless access to the cloud to keep these domains going. Most of the organizations are switching from on-premise data centers to data center colocation, cloud, and edge computing – not necessarily in that order.

When it comes to edge computing, enterprises relying on highly automated processes including smart warehouses and manufacturing industries that are increasingly turning to robotics in their manufacturing process are strongly feeling the need for additional data center capacity that is located conveniently close to their location. However, although these data centers are suitable location-wise they are still traditionally built to suit tailor-made requirements. Today the requirement is more application-environment specific, which custom-build data centers may not be able to fulfill. Here is where modular data centers can collaborate with edge computing to offer solutions in environments that are not so conducive to IT equipment.

Here’s how Modular Data Centers help

Modular data centers are not new entrants in the marketplace. Evolving technologies and designs have enhanced the attributes of modular data centers making them more suitable for edge environments. Here are some distinct advantages of a modular data center:

Where speedy deployment is essential

Modular data centers are best-suited for enterprises that need to deploy the assets at a much faster pace than done conventionally. It is easier to predict the cost in modular data centers as they offer pre-built solutions, making it simpler for budget allocation by the finance department without much hassle. Less time needs to be spent on getting regulatory approvals from the authorities as codes and standards come pre-maintained in the modules as they are being built. Also, project timelines can be shortened in modular data centers when compared to the time taken to execute projects in a conventional data center.

Space constraints can be taken care of

Space is always a constraint, especially when it comes to expansion in a factory, enterprise, hospital or university. Moreover, the forbidding costs for retrofitting a data center in the current facility can often be daunting. Whereas a modular data center that is located conveniently near the facility makes things more feasible. Wherever there is less space available, the stronger the case for a modular data center.

Serving remotely located sites with ease

With the ever-changing scenarios where the need is for large edge computing capacity in locations that are spread far and wide, modular data centers offer one of the best solutions. However, the trick lies in an enterprise selecting global players who can support activities in far-flung geographies. In certain underdeveloped areas where procuring resources and material may be very daunting, pre-built data centers offer the perfect solutions almost instantly.

Considering the above listed benefits, it is probably worthwhile exploring the merits offered by modular data centers. The cost comparison will also prove to be advantageous in the long run. Hence, it is worth trying out this alternative to traditional data centers.

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