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Modular vs Containerized Data Centers.  Is there a difference?

Modular vs Containerized Data Centers. Is there a difference?

A Modular Data Center is the generic term used for a data center that has one or more prefabricated components.  Prefabricated components come in three categories: Data center space Mechanical infrastructure Electrical infrastructure A Containerized Data Center is a type of prefabricated data center.  It looks exactly like a shipping container and is built toRead more about Modular vs Containerized Data Centers. Is there a difference?[…]

Google Data Center [finally] Revealed

Google Data Center [finally] Revealed

Wired published an article yesterday discussing the layout and operation of Google’s data centers…details that have always been closely guarded by the Internet giant.  Read the article here:

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/10/ff-inside-google-data-center/

My initial thought before beginning to read the article was that I would get some details about the super efficient state-of-the-art equipment that Google has the luxury of affording.  However, the article revealed much more than this and goes into detail about the unique operational solutions that Google deploys to ensure that its customers are always receiving the best possible experience.  I was pleasantly surprised by these new facts, but why should I be?  Google doesn’t build data centers to run their servers, they build data centers to meet the needs of their customers.  Here are some highlights that I enjoyed from the article:

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CRAC vs CRAH

CRAC vs CRAH

CRAC – Computer Room Air Conditioner A CRAC unit is exactly like the air conditioner at your house.  It has a direct expansion (DX) refrigeration cycle built into the unit.  This means that the compressors required to power the refrigeration cycle are also located within the unit.  Cooling is accomplished by blowing air over a coolingRead more about CRAC vs CRAH[…]