Worldwide Independent Power: Micro Data Centres For Edge Computing

Edge computing is on the rise. And this growth is facilitated by the development of modular or micro data centres.

In an interconnected, ‘Internet of Things’ world, we depend on low latency real-time processing. But the cloud and enterprise data centres struggle with to handle the sheer volume of data.

Sending information hundreds of miles for processing, then sending it back leads to delays. Even millisecond hold-ups can lead to chaos or unwanted hold-ups.

Edge computing is our way around this. ‘Local’ data centres that bring the processing to where the data originates. It needs less bandwidth. It delivers low latency. And it enables more data to be stored locally, minimising cybersecurity threats.

But as we explain to Worldwide Independent Power (WiP) magazine, it also calls for a different type of data centre.

What Are Micro Data Centres?

Also known as modular data centres, micro data centres are prefabricated modular structures built off-site. They are often housed inside steel shipping containers. They function just like any other data centre does, but in a more space-restricted environment.

A typical micro data centre will incorporate:

  • 19-inch server racks and cabinets
  • Uninterruptible power supplies
  • Air conditioning
  • Power distribution units
  • Cabling
  • Data centre management and monitoring software
  • Security access systems and cameras
  • So that’s pretty much everything you’d find in a hyperscale or cloud server room.

But there are differences too. Modular server rooms cost a fraction of what a traditional facility does. They can be ready for installation and go live in just 8 weeks. And they’re suitable for settings that wouldn’t be viable for a standard new build – the car park, the basement, even the roof.

For these reasons, micro data centres are becoming increasingly popular. We’ve worked on several recent projects with modular data centre specialists Secure I.T. Environments Ltd.

Learn more about the rise of edge computing and micro data centres on pages 28-29 in WiP