MDC-The Arrival of Future Data Centers

By CIOReview | Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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Data Centers are adapting to compact infrastructures due to the many benefits those compatibility offers. Micro Data Centers (MDC) are being widely accepted by enterprises today mainly for its cost benefits and ease of implementation. MDCs are the smaller containerized form of data center system specially designed for purpose-build applications or to handle different workloads.

An MDC is a compact version of traditional data centers marrying hardware, software and cabling that serves as an end-to-end computer, store and control network hub. It compresses of a complete data center infrastructure in a single space with electronic devices, patch fields, cable management, grounding/bonding, power and copper/fiber cabling.  

In comparison to the complex bricks-and-mortar data centers that houses bazillions of servers, storage equipment and network devices which requires costly purchasing, implementing and maintaining, MDC are much simpler and easily maintainable. The IT industry has taken a radical approach toward implementing modular or containerized server systems and is evident from Microsoft’s recent move to use a combination of these approaches for its data centers. The whole idea of implementing MCDs is to take a standard rack-mount environment and add capabilities that a standard rack or a converged system would struggle to provide. It is creating a self-contained platform where traditional solutions would be too large or expensive.

The best advantage of an MDC is its ease-of-use to deploy in remote areas/locations. As these containers, usually 19-inch rack assembly which fits in less than 10 servers and not more than 100 virtual machines, it is apt for locations where large data centers are hard to maintain. The size, versatility and its unmatched capabilities to offer plug-and-play features make them ideal for remote locations, breach offices and for use in temporary locations within high risk zones. They also prove crucial in potentially hazardous or insecure situations, such as areas ravaged by earthquakes, floods, or wars. Further, IT administrators or managers can operate the units from distant locations which makes running IT operations simple and uninterrupted even when disaster strikes.

All while offering a plethora of advantages MDCs do not compromise on any security parameters. Like any other large/full-size data centers, MDCs are also protected with full range security measures. As MDC deployments are inclined more toward remote applications, particularly in potentially dangerous places, security, cooling, fire suppression and other physical attributes need to be self-contained. Each systems are fit into secure enclosures that is self-contained with heat management and insulation, with low-cost energy management. Additionally, they incur internal fire suppression systems, floods resistance and protection against humidity, biometric authentication and robust locking systems to guard against theft and vandalism, and efficient cooling systems. It also comes with electromagnetic shields to protect nearby electronic equipment.

Bottom Line

Although MDCs cannot be an alternate replacement of traditional data centers, it can be of immense use to many small and medium-sized businesses looking for easier access to acquire, implement and run systems that can be used as stand-alone platforms without needing a specific datacenter infrastructure. In certain situations, even the larger enterprises may need to run a more physical workload or airlock mission critical applications from the rest of the technology framework for data security measures.

Another application includes in the logistics space where a standard road/shipping container packed with all the required equipment needs a plug in data center system. In such scenarios, MDCs can be deployed and once the job is done, it can be removed from the remaining system and replaced with relative ease.

As to conclude, MDC is a new concept, and is sure to be the next phase in the transition from tower computers systems in manufacturing environments to rack and cabinet-based deployments, with the ability to serve a wide range of enterprise purposes.