In some ways, it’s hard to believe, but massive organizations like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are still scaling. These hyperscalers continue to bring more products and services online and deliver them to an increasing number of users scattered across the globe.
However, accommodating this massive traffic requires an ever-increasing amount of servers. Even in the age of omnipresent cloud computing, those servers need to live in a physical data center somewhere on the globe.
When it comes time to build a data center, large corporations have two choices. They can either build a custom data center from scratch, or they can opt to invest in modular data centers.
Why Modular Data Centers Work Well for Large Companies
Modular data centers deliver a number of critical benefits to large organizations.
Modular means you don’t have to start from scratch. That means data center projects can be wrapped up in considerably shorter timeframes, making it easier for companies to spin up more servers and scale up quickly.
Modular data centers are flexible by design. Configure the setup you’re looking for, and ship it anywhere in the world. Build a data center that fits your budget, schedule and efficiency needs—anywhere you want.
3. Ease of labor sourcing
Countries around the world face skilled labor shortages. Without talented and experienced crews in place, building the ideal data center is that much harder. By partnering with a reputable modular data center builder, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have consistent access to quality labor—even in the midst of a pandemic.
4. Better quality
When you partner with the right modular provider, you can rest comfortably knowing that you’ll end up with a high-quality, efficient data center on the other end. That’s because leading modular data center builders are guided by quality management principles that steer them toward the desired outcome at each job.
For example, PCX implements and keeps the eight principles of ISO 9001 top of mind throughout the design and construction processes. As a result, we are able to deliver robust data centers that are fully tested and easier to bring online—all while reducing installation costs.
5. Supply chain diversification
When it comes to supply chains, the COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing very clear: It’s going to be harder and harder to source supplies from corners of the world. Depending on the organization’s relationships, this harsh reality could have a serious impact on capital expenditures. Even in the best case scenario, timelines would grind to a halt as the company looked for new partners.
Which begs the question: How agile is your current supply chain? When you operate on a global scale, a single supplier that gets knocked offline could cause significant delays. All of a sudden, opening that commissioned data center that was supposed to change everything gets punted to the next year, and the organization suffers because of it.
Modular data centers remove these issues from the equation altogether. With over 25 years of proven engineering processes, training, experience in the data center space and an ISO 9001-certified quality system, you can trust PCX to get your data center up and running on time, while keeping costs predictable and ensuring a top-shelf end product.
Data Center Success Stories
At this point, you know the value that modular data centers bring to the table. But you might be wondering what they look like in the real world.
We’ve got you covered: Here are some examples of this efficient approach in action.
Recently, one of the world’s leading brands of bottled water needed to double its production. To make that happen, it needed to expand its data center capacity. Due to the remote and rugged location of its facility, the company lacked the local resources, skilled labor to build a data center and IT expertise needed to do the job the right way. The company turned to PCX and built a custom data center that accommodated its unique environmental requirements.
Similarly, the United States Air Force recently deployed modular data centers because they needed a solution that could be spun up rapidly, with minimal personnel and in a wide range of environments. Using proven modular components, they were able to reduce maintenance costs while ensuring they had reliable infrastructure to count on from the outset.
How to Successfully Implement a Modular Data Center
Building the right data center for your specific situation starts with putting together a comprehensive plan that outlines everything you need.
Once you have a plan in place, you need to figure out which modular data center vendor can help turn your vision into reality.
Do your due diligence and research your options—just like you’d do when evaluating any piece of software to use, or figuring out which engineer to hire—and you’ll make the right decision.