APC by Schneider was one of the early players in the data center container market with its InfraStruXure Express, a fully mobile data center trailer. While taking a more low-key approach as other vendors rolled out container offerings, last May San Francisco General Hospital purchased one of APC's data center on wheels.
Last week APC and Australian data center engineering specialist Datapod Pty Ltd announced that they are partnering to launch the Datapod system of containerized data center infrastructure solutions. Datapod containers are designed and manufactured in Australia, and feature container "building blocks" in a variety of sizes, which can include either IT equipment or power and cooling gear such as modular generators and chillers.
APC will initially distribute Datapod in Australia and the Pacific region and then target global markets. “We are excited to be delivering this breakthrough data center technology as part of our plans to support government and industry investment in Australian infrastructure projects," said Gordon Makryllos, APC Vice President, Pacific. "APC has a proven reputation of investing in Australian innovation and supporting Australian companies.”
Datapod uses APC’s InfraStruXure data center architecture, Hot Aisle Containment System and InRow Cooling solutions. The containers range up to a 20-foot shipping container, and can include both all-in-one containers with both IT and infrastructure equipment, or specialized modules which can include "entrypods" that serve as access control man-trap systems or "utilitypods" holding generators and fuel tanks. Here's a short video providing an overview of several of the container form factors: