How Can Data Centers Save Realty Costs by Increasing Rack Density?

How Can Data Centers Save Realty Costs by Increasing Rack Density?

Imagine a data center in New York or Shanghai or Bangalore for that matter, looking at expansion. With leases and rentals hitting the roof, what is the most economical way for them to expand? A horizontal growth will only incur additional expenses of cabling, cooling and not to mention gigantic real estate. Adding to the operating cost can only put pressure on bottom-line. Data centers have a continuous need to look at ways to be cost effective in order to get a competitive edge in the crowded market space. With the realty rates reaching the sky, data centers are challenged to maximize benefits from existing space without impacting their expansion plans. If this sounds like a complex problem, the solution is simple – find ways that provide more computing power for less cost per square foot. Now, the question is how do we put this simple solution to work? The answer lies in vertical expansion powered by the right choice of power distribution units.

Vertical Expansion – a New Mantra for Data Center Efficiency

Vertically scaling up the data center will allow rapid expansion of power density by extending power distribution all the way to the individual rack and cabinets, without undertaking any major structural changes in the data center. Data center designers and managers are beginning to understand the importance of efficiency in building up and replacing the sprawl with higher density racks.
Most data centers with the legacy infrastructure cater to 4-5 KW per rack while the requirement has shot multiple times – beyond 20 KW per rack in many cases. With the high volume big data streams becoming a norm, data centers need to be prepared to handle more density per rack and therefore must look at maximizing their capabilities. Keeping this in mind, data centers are already moving toward high-density computing environments with new and dense servers being deployed. The primary reasons cited for moving to higher densities include saving facility space and reducing energy costs.