Business is growing fast and IT computing demand is growing at the same time. Data centers as the engine of that growth need to keep up with the ability to change. To stay competitive, your organization needs a more innovative approach to data center design, one that can help you to cost-effectively build, operate and maintain an enterprise data center in today's complex IT environment. Unlike traditional data center designs that require you to invest in physical infrastructure upfront while capacity sits idle for extended periods of time, IBM IT Facilities Assessment, Design and Construction Services-enterprise modular data center uses a standardized, efficient design that provides flexible capacity growth and high data availability and energy efficiency-to align your capital and operational spend to IT requirements by paying only for what you need-when you need it.
Delivering an efficient data center solution that can grow as you grow
Businesses are growing and the data center as the engine of that growth is facing increasing pressures. With server shipments growing by 6 times this decade and storage growing by 69 times, the ability of the data center to adapt to the faster pace of growth is critical. Designing and building a data center using traditional design methods needs to change. The ability to accurately forecast potential growth requirements over long periods of time-up to 20 to 30 years of a useful life when technology is changing every 2 to 3 years-is a difficult task. Traditional data center design forces you to invest in physical infrastructure upfront even if capacity sits idle for many months or years, making it difficult to cost-effectively build, operate and maintain an enterprise data center in today's complex IT environment. Today, data centers are required to support higher densities beyond their original design. As a result, the approach to data center design must change to adapt to changing IT and business needs, while continuing to drive energy efficiency and optimize capital and operational costs.
IBM IT Facilities Assessment, Design and Construction Services-enterprise modular data center uses a design starting with modules as small as 5,000-square-foot of IT production raised floor within a traditional data center-each with its own dedicated set of power and cooling equipment growing in modules up to 20,000 square feet or greater of raised floor space. Using a standardized design approach, the enterprise modular data center uses a modular design to allow you to incrementally increase both power capacity and floor space as needed. Because you pay for only what you need, when you need it, you are able to more closely align your capital and operational spend with IT requirements. Plus, you gain more available and predictable operations, helping to ease complexity and reduce risk.