Earlier this month, data center provider IO announced it would split into two companies: IO, a data center provider, and BaseLayer, a technology vendor, developing, manufacturing, and selling the well-known IO.Anywhere data center containers and the data center infrastructure management software IO.OS.
This week, BaseLayer announced one of the most interesting data center deployments by one of its customers. In a pilot project, Phoenix-area utility Salt River Project will plug an IO container directly into bulk transmission lines, aiming to demonstrate that this set-up is reliable enough to get rid of the traditional data center power backup infrastructure, such as generators, automatic transfer switches, and UPS systems.
BaseLayer’s containers are manufactured at a factory in Chandler, Arizona. BaseLayer will now run the factory, whose site will also be the new company’s headquarters.
Here is a time-lapse video of the process of manufacturing the data center containers at the factory: