POD Architecture 2.0 – Prefabricated Data Centers
May 12th, 2011 By: Kevin Normandeau
Data Centers are more than the critical IT equipment that are housed within its walls. They are first and foremost rooms of power and climate control. Space that needs to be architecturally planned and quality constructed. As with any construction project there is an immense amount of planning and expense.
At the core of these construction build outs much of the infrastructure is similar. Pod Architecture 2.0 is the next evolutionary step in modular datacenter design and construction. But why consider a prefabricated data center? Because treating the construction of the data center as a deliverable helps to streamline the critical path.
As noted in this white paper by Digital Realty Trust, “The construction and testing of the site’s electrical and mechanical infrastructure systems/rooms represent the largest critical path elements. The on-site build out of these two core components has traditionally resulted in an extended period of sequential, rather than parallel, activity in the datacenter construction process. POD Architecture 2.0 solves these issues by constructing each of these elements in off-site “factories” and then shipping them to the site when needed for installation.”
Other considerations include:
- Reduced capital requirements
- Safer, faster off-site production
- Pre-built and tested components
- Enhanced customer flexibility
Quality, cost and time make up the iron triangle of a construction project. With a track record of high quality, substantial savings and completion in as little as 12 weeks, prefabrication may be the right choice for your data center build out. Read this white paper and learn more.
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