There are also different types of micro modular data centers:
The first one is the compact all-in-one container. This data center contains all the necessary components for running a data center and are thermally insulated to stand up against below freezing or very hot temperatures. They also have an N+1 power and cooling system, are ideal for deployment in remote locations, and are perfect to be sent to areas that are recovering from a disaster. They also provide additional capacity when plant and rack space is at its limits, has server cabinets up to 19 X 42u, and up to 750 kw of power and cooling in 320 square feet. The IT Standalone Container has up to 19 X 42u Server cabinets, is used in conjunction with services support container, and has up to 750 kW and cooling in 320 square feet. It also has an N+1 cooling system and is suitable for use with containerized cooling like NFC & CW block.
The Natural Free Cooling Container provides an alternative to all cooling plants and is very energy efficient. When they are used with IT service containers, they can provide 400 kW of cooling. They can be used to provide cooling to brick and mortar DC. The Chilled Water Block Container provides an alternative to a rack cooling plant and is used along with IT services and a Stand Alone Container. It can be used to supply extra cooling to brick and mortar data centers and it has to have a chiller, cooling tower, or dry cooler. The Power Container upgrades power in data centers that are already present and is able to be used outside. They can be used again in the future and is perfect for mobile contingency.
The Containerized Vestibule has an entry area for an IT services module and provides extra protection for IT hardware when deployed in a desert or arctic environment. They can also be fitted with an airlock and/or a workstation to provide local console access to IT. Container farms are an alternative thinking for large data centres. They have many containers that work together and consist of rack modules, cooling modules, service modules, generator modules, and vestibule modules. They enable a defined building block approach to data center expansion and have many kinds of cooling technology that can be deployed all at the same time. They also can easily mix high and low density areas and there is no need for a building. The containers can be stacked vertically which greatly lowers the amount of space that is needed and enables rapid deployment and expansion.
Tencent, one of China’s largest internet service providers, has invented a lot of money in R&D for new technologies. These new technologies include high voltage direct current (HVDC) and micro modular data centers. Tencent has rolled out many versions of its micro modular data centers and after a lot of tests and verifications, they released what they have called the ‘formal version.’ Their definition of a micro modular data center is an operation unit that is based on a lot of racks and consists of cooling modules, power supply and distribution modules, and cabling and monitoring systems.