Three Significant Operating Expense Advantages to Selecting Modular Data Centers

In this post, we will continue that thread started in our last post by highlighting the operating expense (OPEX) advantages.

Financial Considerations of Modular Data Centers:
Part II

In our last blog post, we presented the capital equipment cost (CAPEX) advantages of modular data centers and how the modular data center can reduce your initial capital investment by 15 percent or more, due to its inherent scalability and accelerated scheduling advantages. In this post, we will continue that thread by highlighting the operating expense (OPEX) advantages.

These advantages include:

  • Less stranded capacity:
    Stranded capacity can be defined as a data center’s underutilized infrastructure, such as unused whitespace and/or support equipment for power distribution and cooling. While only a portion of the infrastructure is utilized when it is first opened or commissioned, a conventional data center is typically constructed, from the outset, with all of the infrastructure in place for the final compute requirements. Eventually the capacity is consumed, but in the interim this approach ties up expensive capital with little to no return on the owner’s investment. Modular data centers are inherently flexible and scalable; they are designed specifically to maximize capacity and minimize stranded capacity.
  • Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE):
    PUE is a measure of how efficiently a data center uses energy; specifically, how much energy is used by the computing equipment in contrast to the total power consumed by the entire facility. The exact formula is total facility power usage divided by the power consumed for the IT equipment. The theoretically ideal PUE ratio, although unrealistic, is 1.0, which would mean that the data center is using power at an efficiency of 100 percent in that all of the consumed power is used just for computing. For example, a ratio of 1.3 would indicate that 30 percent of the total power is being consumed for cooling and infrastructure support equipment. Obviously a ratio closer to 1.0 is the holy grail and is only made worse by unused whitespace or stranded equipment capacity. With a modular data center, the PUE will always be lower because by design it affords the owner the ability to add whitespace, power and cooling capacity commensurate with the compute requirements.
  • Ability to incorporate new technologies as the modular data center grows:
    Modular data centers are scalable, and their designs are flexible—they can be configured for applications of any size and scope. Therefore, as new technologies evolve over time, a modular data center can be modified as needed to integrate new technologies and equipment. This is key as newer high density compute equipment and energy saving technologies emerge.

Everything about a data center, from its design, construction and installation to the systems housed within it, carries a financial implication. Therefore, when considering the total cost of ownership, it is prudent to evaluate a modular data center over a stick-built approach.

At PCX Corporation, we feel strongly that modular data centers represent the future–a future that, in fact, is available today. If you would like to learn more about PCX’s Modular Data Centersand how they can help you to reduce your total cost of ownership, or you simply have a question, please contact us below.  We will work to understand your project objectives and present a cost-effective solution specific to your application. Just as important, we will provide you with the tools and information that you need to make a compelling case to your company.

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