Containerized data centers solve many problems associated with changes in the data center. Affordable colocation (outsource data center space ) solves these problems and more:
- hardened data center facilities
- N+N redundant power feeds
- better access to telecommunications
- data center certifications
Today's containerized data centers, also known as modular data centers, are niche products often quietly chosen by customers in emergency situations. But they're winning over more IT managers who face too much demand and too little data center expansion room.
When Australian firm WesTrac needed to expand its data center capacity quickly, the company bought the equivalent of a Band-Aid for its server needs: A containerized data center.
The company, which supplies Caterpillar (CAT) brand heavy-machinery to Australian customers and others, found itself with too little data center to meet the needs of its latest IT project. Because of space issues, WesTrac could not expand its current facility. Instead, the company decided to use a pre-packaged data center, housed and shipped in standard-sized cargo containers: one for the servers and one for the chillers and power infrastructure.
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