Make your datacentre pay

Pay-as-you-grow has been the mantra for enterprises until now, according to Cannon Technologies’ Middle East director James Coughlan

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Make your datacentre pay Cannon Technologies has developed a modular datacentre.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 26, 2012

Pay-as-you-grow has been the mantra for enterprises until now, according to Cannon Technologies’ Middle East director James Coughlan.

Cannon Technologies – a long term player in the design and building of datacentres – has developed the ‘incremental modular’ datacentre building strategy.  This makes it possible to build data centres to the capacity currently needed - rather than for forecast capacity, which is intrinsically cost inefficient.

Unlike other pay-as-you-grow approaches, this technique doesn’t carry full-life cost penalties, most suffer from higher total CapEx albeit that the outlay is phased and sometimes also higher OpEx too, instead Incremental Modular actually reduces both total CapEx and OpEx compared to conventional bricks-and-mortar datacentres and other modular approaches.

The majority of datacentres are of the conventional ‘bricks-and-mortar’ construction in either owned or leased buildings.  But because the building has to be provisioned to accommodate the ultimate size of the datacentre - in ten or twenty years’ time – the building will spend most of that time under-utilised. Frequently this means that thousands of square metres remain unused but being paid for and serviced.  Often it’s only for the final two or three years that a bricks-and-mortar data centre operates optimally – and shortly after the IT people run out of space and a new building is needed.

Incremental modular completely overcomes this as not only the buildings but also all the services like electrical distribution and cooling are added ‘as-needed’.

Whilst Incremental Modular is new to the datacentre industry – it’s not actually new at all.  We developed the basic techniques for telecoms Network Operators 20 years ago and have been perfecting it ever since.

Now, Incremental Modular offers the ideal solution for datacentre new-build and extensions plus it’s cheaper than most other methods. And because it’s been developed specifically for racks of electronic equipment, it’s highly energy efficient - reducing energy and cooling requirements. Again because of its telecoms operator heritage internationally, it is suitable for the very harsh environmental conditions in the Middle East and even for areas of seismic activity.

This is a very new technique in the datacentre world and one that many datacentre engineers will not be aware of.

CFOs, CEOs and CIOs planning new or upgraded datacentres should look at the new Incremental Modular techniques from Cannon Technologies during their evalution process.

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