The Rise of Micro Data Centers


A micro data center is a smaller containerized data center facility created to solve various problems, or different workloads which cannot be handled any general services or even massive modular data facilities. Whereas a standard container-based data center hosts dozens of servers and virtual machines within a 40 feet container, a micro data center includes a fewer than ten servers and less than a hundred VMs in a single 19in box. Micro data centers just like containerized data facilities come with an inbuilt flood and fire protection, cooling system, and security system.

  • The plug and play features, veracity, and size of MDCs make them perfect to use in remote areas for temporal deployment, or for use in temporary use for businesses in high-risk earthquake or flood zones. Moreover, they could serve as a minor data facility for storage and compute capacity on an oil tanker.

The industry is witnessing an increased use of containerized or modular server system with big multinational companies like Microsoft using a blend of techniques for their data centers. Moving away from technical mortar and bricks data centers containing multitudinous servers, storage, and network devices that need buying, implementation, and maintaining enterprises are witnessing the benefits of the micro data centers which are fully functional in engineered systems.

The engineered systems can come in various forms:

  1. The earlier and more conventional analysis of an engineered structure would be of the mini computer or mini frame which is self-contained with its own compute and storage abilities with the network interface cards available to link the system to the rest of the globe.
  2. A more modernized technique is via the use of converged systems like Dell’s Active system, or Cisco, which is all integrated, pre-built systems, can be implemented and used largely within an existing data facility so long as there is enough space, power options, and cooling systems are present.

Furthermore, we can still look at the deployment of containerized systems, which is a primary shipping or road container stuffed with all the needed equipment that requires being plugged into the mains and in some instances water to become fully functional. The container is self-contained and once it has accomplished its functions or its abilities it no longer serves the purpose; when that happens, it is removed from the system and replaced with another.

However, these options do not apply to all needs; primarily, they are all aimed at the larger of the industry, hitherto, many mid and small sized companies would like to have ease of access, implementation, and operating those systems that can be used independently, without requiring a data center facility. Even huge organizations may need a bit more precise system that allows them to airlock an application, or operate a more physical workload from the rest of the technology platforms for such purposes as securing of information.