Altron

Data centers have become fundamental infrastructure for business development and they are also a valuable tool for supporting competitiveness and process efficiency.  The constantly-growing demand for information, for Big Data-based applications, for cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) has resulted in traditional data centers becoming too big, difficult to run, and not flexible enough to satisfy the dynamics of this rapid evolution.  The need to expand or reduce the size of a data center is, from the perspective of building solutions for traditional data centers, a very demanding task: both as concerns time and costs.  Businesses that need greater flexibility and scalability now face new challenges in building data centers: ones that can hardly be overcome using conventional  methods for building large data centers.  Modular data centers, based on containers or pre-fab modules, are thus becoming increasingly popular. Thanks to the flexibility and easy-to-plan nature of this type of solution, modular data centers are now used in large telecommunications and internet companies, as well as in medium- to large-sized businesses.

Applications

They are suitable for mobile apps, the state administration (government bodies), industry, mining activities, build-out of transport corridors, filling stations, military bases, and for all customers with irregular or specific requirements such as:

  • I want an option for gradual expansion, a scalable solution; to have the option of flexibly changing the size of my data center based on current requirements.
  • I want to minimize risks thanks to a standard-designed and fully-controllable supervision system.
  • I need rapid roll-out. I want to buy a ready-made product: I don''t want to build.
  • I want to have quicker ROI thanks to quick implementation and running operations anywhere in the world.
  • I need a robust solution that will run in remote locations: in rough conditions and with high-level security.
  • I want high-standard provision of physical security for critical data.

Basic building blocks

Power supply

The power supply unit is an energy source and the main charging location.  It is a pre-fab container that can be used both indoors and outdoors and which is designed such that it can withstand extreme wind conditions and environmental/weather conditions.  The pre-fab power supply module is fully integrated and includes its own transformer station, power distribution lines, UPS, current routers, MaR system, entry system and fire-safety system. Of course, monitoring and DCIM integration are also part of the system. 

Cooling

The cooling unit is a cooling source for installed technologies.  The cooling solution for the unit is optimized for proposed performance and effective use of space in a pre-fab data center.  Its actual configuration includes DX systems, water cooling systems, indirect air free-cooling, and a CW or DX backup.  Pre-fab water cooling modules also include a full piping system, pumps and an MaR system.  Of course, the module is secured with an access system, or possibly with fire-safety devices (fire extinguishers). It also includes a monitoring system and easy DCIM integration.

ICT modules

The ICT module offers space for placement of ICT technologies in pre-installed 19" stands (cabinets). This module provides the complete physical infrastructure for the data room, built and tested in a single- or multiple-module configuration, which provides a fully-functional data center.  The stands enable the addition (storage) or removal of ICT. Each module is an independent system that offers physical security, redundant power supply and cooling and which can be remotely monitored and run using DCIM software.



Key features

Flexibility and scalability

  • High-level flexibility when designing data center space based on client requirements
  • Highly flexible boosting or reduction of performance based on customer requirements
  • Can be built in smaller, more granular phases
  • CapEx minimization

High variability

  • Varied module options for varied business requirements
  • Solution configurability

Rapid implementation, installation

  • Shortened planning cycles for build-out and fewer complications
  • Simpler build-out process
  • Delivery within 12-20 weeks or less
  • Block tested and tried at the production factory, minimum on-site support
  • Standardized dimensions for ISO containers
  • Easy transport, including international and ship freight
  • Rapid, simple placement on solid surface

Predictable performance and design

  • Solution design known in advance
  • Building-block solution for most applications
  • Robust design for rough conditions, including high-level security
  • Density (granularity), availability and efficiency that you expect
  • Price that you expect
  • The project is simpler with a lower number of changes/modifications.
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