When you think of the leading data center markets in the country a few cities and states immediately come to mind: New Jersey, Northern Virginia, Santa Clara California, Dallas, Texas, Jackson, Mississippi… While the capital city of the Magnolia state may seem more likely to conjure visions of mint juleps rather than rows of racks and servers, that won’t always be the case if the state’s governmental leaders have their way.
IT capacity planning has long been the “Gordian Knot” for data center professionals. Trying to account for the business’ hardware and software needs, coupled with the vagaries of short and long term corporate strategies, typically makes projecting your organization’s capacity requirements an exercise akin to nailing jell-o to the wall. These efforts are hardly aided by the product offerings of data center providers who view capacity planning as a euphemism for “you need to lease your future space NOW”. This paper will examine the issues that have long characterized the process of capacity planning and explore a new alternative that serves as the metaphoric equivalent of Alexander the Great’s sword as the solution to the Gordian Knot.
Despite the fact that no clear definition of Modular Datacenters 1.0 was ever firmly established, the industry is attempting to avoid this ambiguity by proclaiming the coming of version 2.0. Although Webster’s hasn’t published a standard definition just yet, “pre-fabrication” seems to be the concept that many industry insiders view as the fundamental element of part deux. Before this terminology, formerly associated with doublewides and packaged chillers, becomes universally embraced as synonymous with modular it may be a good time to pause and reflect on whether it does represent the next phase of modular offerings.
As corporate computing and storage needs continue to grow, the need to for more data center space follows. This continued escalation of demand is generating the need for customers to demand more from wholesale data center providers. In a recent series of blogs we described the new requirements for providers as being the data center industry’s version of baseball’s five-tool player. This white paper is the compilation of that series.
Within the past five years data center providers have found that it is more cost and energy efficient to build out these facilities in an incremental fashion. As a result, many providers have developed what they refer to as “modular” data centers. This terminology has been widely adopted but no true definition for what constitutes a modular data center has been universally embraced.
For many CIO’s data centers are, for lack of a better phrase, a necessary evil. In relation to the applications and hardware that they house, they are don’t change on a regular basis. It’s kind
of like buying a Ferrari and realizing that you have to have a garage to put it in. Required yes, sexy no. In most instances the decision regarding what type of data center to obtain, and who to get it from, is a process of determining who gets the most checkmarks on a feature summary check sheet. Power, check; 36” raised floor, check; and so on.
As industries mature they tend to adopt standards. These are typically best practices that have been formally adopted that provide customers with a level of assurance that the product they are purchasing meets a proscribed level of measurement for performance, safe operations, etc. Customers rely on standards as a method of performing comparative analysis on competing suppliers. As part of the maturation of this standards-development process, qualified third parties verify the legitimacy of providers’ claims.
Type “Big Data” into the search engine of your choice and you’ll get over 1 billion possible results. That’s even more than Miley Cyrus gets. Obviously, this means that you need to be thinking about how Big Data might impact your data center since it’s mor e likely that you will have to accommodate that within your facility than Miley.
Remember Economics 101? Sure it’s been awhile, and for many of us it wasn’t the most riveting subject—they don’t call it the “dismal science” for nothing—but a few things probably still stand out. “Supply and demand” ring a bell? Another common term from that time that we all probably remember is “economies of scale”–probably because it made so much sense.
Being a growing business is always a good thing, but even growing companies find themselves with challenges they need help in resolving. For Windstream Hosted Solutions, this meant finding a data center builder that could construct dedicated data centers in two nontraditional data center markets. To address these requirements, Windstream looked to Compass Datacenters.