A traditional data center usually comprises a large facility filled with a high number of networked computer servers that work together to allow organizations to store, process and distribute large volumes of data remotely.
On the other hand, Micro Data Centers or MDC, operate differently. Using four (or less) servers grouped together in a single rack, they work to solve a different set of challenges that do not require the larger-scale infrastructure that traditional data centers require. As an example, wireless carriers use Micro Data Centers to keep up with modern day smartphones and other mobile devices. As more and more companies store mission-critical data in the cloud, the strategic deployment of a micro data center is the perfect way to reduce network latency issues on wireless connections, and help reduce failures and downtime.
The Popularity of Micro Data Centers
According to an article published by Data Center Dynamics, both the Internet of Things (IoT) and growth in the edge of wireless networks have been major contributors to the increased use of Micro Data Centers around the world. They claim the Micro Data Center market will be worth approximately $6.3 billion by 2020, up from just $1.7 billion in 2015. The Internet of Things is one of the major reasons we are seeing an increase in Micro Data Centers. According to Cisco, by 2020 there will be approximately 50 billion devices, all connected to the Internet and each other, requiring large amounts of data to be processed and transmitted.
An essential part of a larger system, scalable solutions like Micro Data Centers will become the best way to take advantage of IoT concepts without moving to a large-scale facility. Information will pass from large-scale data centers to edge-based Micro Data Centers and back, utilizing a combined deployment of fiber, small cells, and Digital Antenna Systems (DAS) resulting in a seamless, scalable solution.
In the overall construction of Micro Data Centers, most manufacturers are missing key elements. This typically, includes the UPS, PDU, Connectivity, KVM, Cooling, and Infrastructure, which are sourced from third parties. Fortunately, Tripp Lite takes a different approach, the key components of the rack infrastructure is developed and manufactured under our proprietary technology and brand, giving the end-user a single point of contact. This includes the “Micro Data Center Monitoring Software’, which forms a key part of the overall system design and reliability.
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What You Need to Know
Every network operator, whether they work for a large telecom company, wireless carrier, or a private enterprise, should know a few key things before deploying Micro Data Centers in their own facility:
- There is no «one size fits all» approach. Micro Data Centers are scalable, versatile and easily adapted to provide solutions to complex problems.
- Micro Data Centers need to be purpose-built. They can be a single-rack to multi- rack solution and they are typically available in three specifications:
- Rack Based Commercial Grade (small purpose buildings).
- Skid Mounted Enclosures (outdoor)
- ISO Container (outdoor environments for security or harsh weather conditions)