Modular datacentres and the systems they can be fitted-out with including power protection, UPS, generators, cooling, server racks, lighting, security and fire suppression systems.
Modular datacentres can provide a quick way to boost local onsite computing power or provide server computing power in a remote region. They can be supplied for permanent installation or on a temporary hire basis. Whatever the time period, a full site survey and project plan is need for a modular datacentre roll-out plan.
Containerised buildings are fully functional and fitted-out datacentres that can be deployed relatively easily and quickly to meet client demand. This can be for Disaster Recovery (DR) or as a temporary measure to provide additional computing power. Containerised buildings can also be used for generators and uninterruptible power supplies. The benefit is that the building itself can be housed close to the main facility or in remote areas and does not require a long build program. Some Mega-sized datacentre operators use a modular approach for datacentre expansion and use custom-made containers and fabricated metal buildings.
The term ‘containerised building’ is used to refer to a shipping-type container that has been converted for use into a building. These are usually older 20foot or 40foot shipping containers whose inner and outer sides have been treated and re-coated (sprayed) for their use as server room or datacentre containers. Inside the container, the fit-out may include heating, lighting, air conditioning, server racks, UPS systems and electrical switchgear and connection points.