Keys principles and advantages of modular Data Centres
Modular Data Centres are the future of Data Centre technology and building construction. Their main advantage lies in their flexibilty, both in terms of investments and technology.
Definition of a Modular Data Centre
The modular Data Centre can be built as required module by module. Each module is technically independant which allows greater flexibility in terms of development than a traditional Data Centre solution. It also allows the operator to integrate modular technology according to the customer needs. Initially the modules were sized for a 500m² data suite, but this was not considered profitable enough and the basic module has now doubled in size to 1000m². As further modules are added the modular Data Centre can accomodate up to 4000m² of data space.
The advantages of a modular Data Centre
The main advantage of the modular Data Centre is its flexibility for the Data Centre operator, but it also has advantages for the customer. For the operator the primary attraction is that this construction method requires a lower initial investment due to only part of the building structure being built in the first phase. The further investment is then divided into several phases and new modules are added as and when existing and new customers require them for their expanding business. For the customer the primary advantage is technological. Since the modules opperate independantly, it is possible to provide a technical solution which is specifically designed to suit to their individual needs. Customers with different needs can easily be accommodated within the same Data Centre.
The principle of a Modular Data Centre
The early design stages of the project are very important. This stage is complex because the whole project must be considered globally whilst developing a concept of modules that can evolve over time. We have to imagine a project which is consistent architecturally for every phase, but which allows the Data Centre operator to propose bespoke solutions for each of their clients. Construction of the various modules can take place as needed, either 1000m² or 2000m² at a time.
Design challenges in Modular Data Centres
Typical plan showing layout of key areas
Reid Brewin Architects has many years of experience in the design, construction and maintenance of both modular Data Centres and traditional Data Centres. Our strength lies in our ability to provide modular Data Centres which combine both aesthetics and creativity. Contact us to find out more about how we can help make your construction project a success.