Saturday, June 6, 2015

Modular -not containers- DC´s a LEGO´s alternative for BIG DATA / IoT era?

All of us have -if we´ve been lucky- played with LEGO´s blocks to build almost anything from a house to a battleship and spacecrafts.  This nordic´s idea arrived to DCs  some years ago and has tried to change the way of building a mission critical facility

The engineering considerations have been proven in offshore petroleum facilities, and other military applications on conflict zones.
Exist the container version -fast deployment, easy connection and so- But if we think in a large Data centre which are the benefits vs  vulnerabilities?  But more than this how the Data Centres OPEration owner feel to invest in this alternative?

At this point the benefits -among others - are

  • Very quick (500sqm up to 1000 sqm) facilities´ deployment maybe 5-6 months from DESign to day ONE.
  • Cost  fair  among 19KUSD  to 21KUSD per white space sqm & highest classification rating (UTI/NMX/TIA/CEEDA programs)
  • Energy efficiency & sustainability  concepts (LCA, 3Rs, PUE,...) embedded
  • BIM frienly DESign
  • Commissioning friendly since DESign to OPEration-pre tested in factory-
So why we still build with brick & cement?

Maybe is a paradigm change in our minds, because we think concrete is harder for natural weather o disaster, terrorism,......Then thinking that a "tin can" will preserve our "precious" data is not a mind option.

However -speaking on human life-  what happen with tin / polycarbonate:  cars / planes /ships -even military-  it is cheaper to substitute a life than data?   This is an other angle to discuss.

Today BIG / Analysis data are rushing after the facilities where the process/storage/communications are held , YES! the mission critical facilities called Data Centres. and them are hungry for ENErgy / COOLing / SECurity /SAFEty .

The DCs´s building boom will continue several years from today because our society now is supported (political, military, economy, social, knowledge, just to name few) mainly by  digital signal "0s & 1s"  that are in data centres.

What issues do you think are the barrier to adopt more these kind of building MC facilities?


what do you think?


roberto sanchez, RCDD, CxA
México


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