Micro Data Centers Explained

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It’s a fairly self-evident fact within the tech industry that things move fast. This observation is generally hailed as a somewhat obvious fact. But people often forget to really sit down and examine just what the means in a more practical sense. And that even goes for specific aspects of the industry which might seem like a definitive statement at first. For example, it’s often noted that anything related to computational systems is becoming smaller over time. This might seem like a very specific note at first. But it neglects a lot of the practical aspects which relate to how things are actually used in the real world. Processors, for example, are becoming smaller. But this is a bit like noting that screws are becoming smaller. It’s a definitive statement which only has a vague explanatory power for real world situations.

One first needs to understand what smaller computer parts can mean. And one of the best ways to do so is by looking at something which exists only because of that trend. A micro data center’s main draw is rather easily divined from the name. It’s basically a data center in a small and portable form factor.

For example, in a traditional data center one would find a large rack full of large and powerful servers. The walls would be lined with powerful fans to keep them cool. And the air being circulated by those systems would be generated by even more powerful cooling systems. Saying that they’re usually large is an understatement. A medium sized data center is usually around the size of a smaller warehouse. A modular data center can provide considerably more flexibility and more efficient footprint.

And this is where one can first begin to see the real power of miniaturization in action. The traditional data center isn’t huge just to showcase a lot of blinking lights and loud noises. The racks, cooling systems and everything else are big and blatant out of pure necessity. For a very long time one simply needed to have large and complex systems in order to run the very basics of a server. And this continued on even as advances were made. A system might become more powerful, but there were still limits. And it usually made more sense to dedicate surplus processing power and memory to the creation of virtualized subsystems. A pseudo server built within a server using software based solutions was an easy way to get some more space within a server. But it still needed lots of very large and powerful machines.