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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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    anonymous guy, Dec 10th, 2009 @ 10:35am

    not quite earthquake proof, ya know...

    I assume you're referring to the BlackBox.... which still have to be located *somewhere*... and if the building it's inside isn't earthquake retro-fitted, it doesn't really matter if evertyhing inside is strapped down or not. Just saying.

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    senshikaze (profile), Dec 10th, 2009 @ 1:55pm

    im waiting for the inevitable flying data center with satellite connections.

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    Michael Ho (profile), Dec 10th, 2009 @ 3:20pm

    Re: orbiting servers...


    heh. apparently, you missed this post:


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    senshikaze (profile), Dec 11th, 2009 @ 9:04am

    Re: Re: orbiting servers...


    so would you just need massive heatsinks to cool it, or would just being in space do it? I wouldn't think you could water cool it without pressurizing the whole thing.

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    Michael Ho (profile), Dec 11th, 2009 @ 11:28am

    Re: Re: Re: orbiting servers...

    Based on the International Space Station... looks like NASA uses liquid heat exchangers that help radiate heat to the vacuum of space... Not sure if such a system would really be necessary if humans weren't co-habitating with the electronics...

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