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IBM launches power- and cash-efficient modular datacentres

Antony Savvas

IBM is introducing a range of modular "shrink-wrapped" datacentres that can deliver energy savings of up to 50%.

The initiative is part of IBM's ongoing Project Big Green initiative, which was launched a year ago.

The second phase of Project Big Green intends to improve energy efficiency by making datacentres more flexible in matching IT needs to capital and operating costs.

With about 60% of the capital costs and 50% of the operational costs of running a datacentre being energy related, the ability to design, construct and activate a highly energy efficient datacentre has become a business imperative, said IBM.

Designed to power businesses ranging from large global enterprises to small organisations in remote areas, the new modular datacentres can reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%, IBM said.

The range of modular datacentres includes the Enterprise Modular Data Centre (EMDC), an enterprise-class datacentre "shrink-wrapped" and standardised from 5,000 square feet up to 20,000 square feet.

This approach enables clients to bring new datacentres online three to six months sooner than a custom designed version, IBM said.

By building in smaller, standardised modules, clients can scale the starting datacentre capacity by up to 12 times, while matching their capital and operational costs to their IT needs over time.

IBM said this approach allows customers to defer up to 40% of the capital expense and 50% of the operational expense until the capacity is required.

In addition, there is also the Portable Modular Data Centre (PMDC) to provides a fully functional data centre in a pod-like form, with a complete physical infrastructure including power and cooling systems and remote monitoring. The PMDC can be shipped and deployed into any environment.

Finally, there is the High Density Zone (HDZ) datacentre offering, a modular system that provides incremental cooling and power capabilities in existing datacentres that have already reached capacity.

The HDZ system can be swapped into an existing datacentre without disrupting current operations, and can provide up to 35% cost savings compared to retrofitting an existing datacentre, IBM said.




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