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Getting Small: Modular Data Center Designs Play Large Role In Edge Growth (datacenterfrontier.com) 5

1sockchuck writes: After years of focus on hyperscale server farms, there's new demand for data centers to serve edge content and the service provider market in smaller cities. How do you match the size of the data center to the demand profile of smaller markets? Pre-fabricated data center designs are playing a key role, deploying server space in smaller, digestible chunks. This avoids the overbuilding that led to the data center glut during the dot-com boom, but also allows customers to expand gradually. But the "data center in a box" has evolved since the Sun Blackbox, and now includes a focus on factory-built power rooms and lean construction of data halls, as well as the evolving designs for containerized solutions.
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Getting Small: Modular Data Center Designs Play Large Role In Edge Growth

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    CDNs make having small data centers important for areas that may not have relatively large pipes in general, so having this functionality is useful.

    On a smaller scale, it makes for a nice way to have a DR site ready to go, with a SAN asynchronously replicating data to it, or perhaps running as an active/active member of a DB cluster.

  • How do you match the size of the data center to the demand profile of smaller markets?

    Make it 1000 times bigger? No, wait, can I have another go?

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