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A data center container is a shipping container set up to accommodate IT equipment.

The typical
data center container is based on ISO standards for ease of shipping; also, it may be modified in
a number of ways to better support the secure and practical use of IT equipment. The basic
equipment that most of these containers are designed to support includes servers, storage and
networking gear. In addition, containers may be designed to support some combination of
uninterruptible power supply (UPS), generators and/or chillers, with some of that equipment
supported in the same containers as the servers and storage equipment, or in separate and distinct
containers. Generally, data center containers have some connectivity elements, so that power
input, cooling capabilities (e.g., water pipes) and network traffic can be fed into the container
from the outside.
Containers are designed to be weather resistant, and, in some cases, are weather hardened for use
in extreme environments, although most use cases see them being implemented within existing
buildings or shells of buildings.

Container Based Colocation:
In regards to data centers, containers have always been a topic of discussion. Until recently, the
primary purpose of containers have been used as a fast way to implement extra capacity for large
companies like Microsoft and Google who have run out of space or cooling in their existing data
center space. Traditional data centers suffer from long construction periods, high energy
consumption and high initial investment, so it is difficult for fast-moving businesses nowadays to
manage rapid future expansion. Now, we see a transition as more and more colocation providers
have started adopting the container based colocation solution. The pros and cons of this method
are listed as follows:
Flexibility
First of all the containers give a lot of flexibility, as it will be very easy to fit individual
containers to cover specific needs in terms of power/cooling density, equipment type etc., which
is harder to do in large server rooms. Furthermore it will be much easier for large clients with a
lot of equipment at multiple locations, who might just configure the containers from a central
location and then ship them around the world.
Technology
Adopting new technology by using containers will be easier than in traditional data center setups,
as you can use containers with newer technology when expanding for more capacity. In addition,
it is possible to buy new, or change existing, containers as server depths, power consumption,
cooling requirement etc. changes during the years. Furthermore it will be easy to mix different
containers optimized for specific vendors depending on what kind of equipment the clients are
using.
Security
One of the major advantages of shipping containers, compared to major server rooms at
thousands of square feet, is the limited amount of people who will have access to it and shares
the same infrastructure of the container.

just like you can with a home. Here is a direct link to a website that shows current models of data centers including some from HP. Generally the deployment time of expanding a facility should also be much shorter than with a traditional data center. IBM. so it will not be possible to use as much of the space as it would be in a typical facility. You can modify a traditional modular data center by increasing the floor space and changing layout configurations.com/blog/datacenter-container-55. (can also be seen as a weakness because of less protection in that it is easily to protect an entire building than 100 separate pods) Scalability Last but not least the scalability perspective is definitely also a big plus in relation to colocation. 2) Modern data centers are modular .com/solutions/product/containerized-data-centers_1 . It’s not like a house that has a shared infrastructure. as it will allow providers with multiple data centers to move capacity around between the data centers. and Dell: http://www.that is to say. as some infrastructure will be required per container that has to be divided on fewer cabinets than in for example a large server room with a lot of cabinets. Weaknesses 1) One of the biggest weaknesses is without any doubt that you will loose some of the advantages that you would normally see in economy of scale. the IT equipment and supporting power and cooling can be deployed in “chunks.” PODS and Containers are not modular in the same way.That means fewer clients will be affected by an outage caused by infrastructure in the container as well as vandals or thieves getting in to a container. you can add a bedroom or a fireplace. You don’t have that capability with a POD.html Here is another link to a website that actually sells these modular data centers so you can get an idea of the functionalities of the different types of product available: http://astmodular.datacentermap. Sun. Furthermore containers will typically require a lot of waste area to be able to move them around. Pretty much all you can do with a POD is add another unit to make it a double-wide. With a house. A POD or Container data center is not a modular data center and there are constraints in how you will be able to expand as needs grow. You can’t share plumbing or air conditioning capacity.

It was first put to use in December 2010 and since then has been growing.000 servers. . The 40ft version fits eight IT cabinets and supplies 60kW of IT power. The IDS1000A is an all-in-one data center solution inside an ISO-standard 40ft or 20ft container. is located at the B28 Jingdongfang Technology Park in the Zhaoyang District. China’s first containerized internet data center (IDC) has been running in the Beijing data center campus of the 21ViaNet Group for more than two years. provided by Tianjin C-Cube Co. has launched a containerized data center product. according to a report by eNet. three more have been put into operation and the center now hosts more than 1. the Chinese networking and telco equipment giant.Value Chain: In China: Huawei. The containerized data center. Since the first installment of one 40ft container. The 120kVA modular uninterrupted power supply (UPS) provides 10 minutes of backup time.

C-Cube says on its official website. and can possibly used for other purposes such as distribution or storage. All in all. so Mapletree can also look into purchasing or constructing buildings for that specific purpose. the containers can be configured and orientated within warehouses. The B28 containerized data center also boasts of an advantage in terms of energy efficiency. Thoughts: Because Mapletree is a Real Estate company. an obvious entry point to the container based solution of data centers is to provide the land that the containers will be located on. This means all cabinets. separation of cold and hot channels. the biggest role Mapletree can play in entering this market is to find the best locations for data center containers and negotiate deals with current players in the market looking to expand such as 21Vianet. which increases the value of the investment. or partner with companies newly emerging into the industry. As soon as the network is connected and the power is on. air-conditioners. In terms of a single operator that we should look into. the warehouse will still be an investment under Mapletree. In addition. and is at a hub for information technologies. In accordance with C-Cube. With high intensity deployment inside. I think clients would want to work with us on a lease basis so that they are not bound to committing the full cost of capital in building or owning land to hold the data center containers. close to distribution centers. Preferably one that is accessible. even the generators.2 to 3. As the first containerized internet data center in China. the B28 facility allows 21ViaNet to expand operational capacity in a rapid way. One of the main areas of research that we need to look into is to find a location that would be suitable for data center containers. servers and storage systems are prefabricated in a 40ft container. .The B28 containerized data center is constructed in accordance with the mainstream standards of fourth generation modular data centers. six weeks for containerized data center production and two weeks for installation. uninterruptible power supply units (UPSs). the deployment of the whole containerized data center system takes only ten weeks—two weeks for required study and preparation of customized design.0 of data centers in China. power distribution units. much lower than the average PUE value of 2. Mapletree can also look into being in contact with the container providers directly in order to build a hub of data center containers that can be leased to various companies like Amazon or Intel for data center purposes. the B28 data center can operate with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) value below 1. 21Vianet is spearheading the approach of data center containers so they would most likely be our best client in China. the containerized data center can be started as quickly as possible.5. The mobility of the data center containers would also be interesting because in the case that the containers need to be moved to another location in order to provide a service there. good sealing function and advanced cooling technologies.