How to Design Your Own Modular Data Center

As business becomes more mobile, many companies are rethinking how they can leverage space. When given the opportunity to reconfigure something as important as their data hub, it’s hard to turn away from a customized solution. That’s the allure of modular data centers. 

When companies choose to design their own modular data centers, they have the flexibility to build the data center piece by piece depending on their needs. Without sacrificing server space, storage and other networking gear, modular data centers can deliver the same processing power as massive data center factories.   

Another exciting feature of modular data center design is the ability to expand in the future. Before expanding your data center capabilities, here are the necessary components to include in your modular data center design.


Main Components of Your Modular Data Center Design

DCIM & Main LV Board

DCIM, or Data Center Infrastructure Management, encompasses the tools that monitor and manage your data center utilization and the energy consumption of your IT equipment. 

LV boards are switchboards located in the electrical room and distribute power throughout the system. The boards are built to handle the power required by all the components in the modular data center. This means as it expands, you won’t have to upgrade the DCIM or LV board. 

Mini CPS (AC&DC)

The Converged Power System, or CPS, is responsible for feeding power to the server. A mini CPS has the same capabilities as a normal CPS, it’s just downscaled to fit within modular data centers specifically. Mini CPS are ideal for modular data centers because they can be expanded as more modules are added.

Modular UPS, Inbuilt Battery and Rack-mount PDC

If the power were to go out in the areas surrounding your modular data center, it’s crucial that you have a backup generator. USPs, or Uninterrupted Power Supplies, are important in ensuring your data center has 24/7 power availability. Apart from a generator, modular data centers can also use PDCs, or Power Distribution Cabinets, as well as battery systems built within your data center.

IT Rack & PDU

It’s important to select the correct IT racks for your modular data center. There are two main types, open racks and cabinets. These racks must be able to support the physical weights of your data center’s servers, storage devices and switches. Open racks allow for easier visibility and handling, while cabinets offer more security and stability.

A PDU, or Power Distribution Unit, is a device with multiple outputs that is designed to distribute power to racks within a data center.

Row Cool & Hot Aisle Containment

Certain equipment requires certain temperatures, so it’s important that your modular data center is heat- or cool-controlled depending on what your equipment requires. Aisles can be sectioned off my doorways to keep the hot or cool air contained within a specific space.

Necessary Components

Other necessary components for your modular data center design include fire suppression and a condenser. Fire suppression options could be clean agent gases, or sprinkler systems to name a couple. Regardless of which you choose, it’s necessary to take fire suppression seriously since data center fires can be catastrophic. Condenser units are part of the data center’s air conditioning system and push moisture out. 

What’s the Advantage of Modular Data Centers Compared To Traditional Data Centers?

Due to their smaller size, modular data centers are designed to be more energy efficient and cost-effective than traditional data centers. ​​This can mean major savings in implementation and post-installation maintenance costs for businesses. The fact that you can continue to build by adding different modules based on your needs is also more attractive than a traditional single-size data center.

Where to Build Your Modular Data Center

Some things to consider when deciding the location of your modular data center include what type of wiring you’re using, whether the area is prone to natural disasters and the data center’s proximity to your business.

For wiring, you’re going to have significant differences in location if you’re using copper cables versus fiber. Copper cables need to be within around 330 feet of your company to maintain a strong signal, whereas fiber cables can reach almost 25 miles without the signal being impacted.

If your business is in an area that is prone to natural disasters, you’re going to want the data center connected to another power grid. This will save your data if your office is affected by a storm or power outage. 

Lastly, consider whether your modular data center should be in close proximity to your business since technicians may need to regularly maintain or upgrade equipment.

Let EdgeMicro Assist You in Your Modular Data Center Design

Ready to get started on your modular data center design? Let the experts at EdgeMicro help guide you through the process from start to finish. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you with all of your modular data center needs.

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