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by ITInnovation




Modular Data Centers Can Move With You (And Survive Earthquakes)

from the just-add-water-(and-electricity) dept

Having recently discussed some factors in choosing a good location for data centers, we might have overlooked mobility itself as a feature for data centers. With shippable data centers, choosing a location doesn't have to be a permanent decision. And some natural disasters (such as earthquakes?) can be made more manageable when all the equipment is self-contained and designed to withstand extreme vibrations. There has even been somewhat serious speculation about data centers on barges -- avoiding local politics and real estate issues altogether.

The capability to create a modular data center park may be catching on as next generation data centers focus on scaling costs and energy efficiency. And as infrastructure improves in developing nations, there is growing interest in container solutions that are quick to set up. The next trick, though, may be operating servers at ambient conditions in tropical climates.

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