First Look: Cannon T4 Modular Data Centers
January 5th, 2011 By: Rich Miller
Here’s a look at a company that makes racks and enclosures and has expanded into the modular data center market. The UK-based Cannon Technologies makes the T4 Modular Data Center, a modular unit that can be deployed either indoors or outdoors and configured to the needs of military or enterprise users. The modules can include aisle containment (referred to as “cocooning” in the video) and use in-row cooling units to manage high-density workloads. This video, which reviews the T4 unit’s capabilities, runs about 4 minutes.
This design mimics the Datapod System but, with raised floor. Question…Why use a raised floor design in concert with In-Row Cooling? The logic of installing raised floor to run cables and bottom feed the chilled water loop is, in my opinion, antiquated thinking. Modular data centers have some serious value in today’s critical environments but, I think it should be done with some common sense and bring true value to the end user. Just putting servers in an outside enclosure without a value-proposition does nothing more than cloud an already misunderstood segment of the data center industry.
The Cannon T4 Modular is not like the Datapod or traditional container systems at all. It was developed so it could be shipped “flat packed” on standard pallets and consutructed without the need for any wet or hot construction techniques. The raised floor element shown in the video is just one of a number of options for managing cabling and other data centre facilities. Some customers want the raised floor and some not. The T4 solution can acomodate a number of cooling solutions, including traditioanl down flow systems. Having the ability to have or not have the raised floor adds to the fexability of the system. There are numerous benefits of the Cannon soluiton v traditional modular or container solutions and I would be more than happy to go through them with you over the phone.