FOCUS on CONTAINERS
New on the shopping list
Cisco, HP, Emerson and APC have all brought new products to market this year
There has been much activity in the container space since the start of the year. One of the biggest from the IT side being Cisco with its CDC portable modular offering.
On 20 June HP is also expected to join the ranks, announcing its new new container
‘EcoPod’, as it is being called. We believe it will contain a ‘revolutionary’ cooling solution (we spoke to HP recently and it is still being very tight lipped about the release). From the facilities side both Emerson and Schneider Electric have announced products which cover power, cooling and integrated solutions.
The proposed benefits of containers should be familiar by now. Vendors promise capacity
as needed and greater manageability. They say they can reduce capital expenditure (CapEx) and provide potential savings in operating expenses (OpEx). They also say they are a fast, flexible way to expand, complement, or even replace traditional physical data centers and overcome challenges with location, overspill and density. Each vendor does have significant differences in approach, but that only helps suit different deployment needs.
CISCO’S CONTAINER DEBUT
Cisco’s CDC (Containerized Data Center) is the first of a series of modular data center products the company plans to offer.
It is based on a 40 x 9.5 x 8–ft (L x H x W) weatherized ISO container that provides up to 16 racks, which can be stacked, supporting up to 25 kW of power per rack. It offers a number of options such as security, fire suppression and detection, redundant feeds, humidification and other personalization requirements to meet customers’ needs.
Cisco CDC management system (MS) offers a data collection system and associated subsystems that provide data, a user interface and a monitoring and control system. The container-level sensors and power characteristics are aggregated at the human- machine interface (HMI) located inside the container. The HMI software monitors the sensors and generates alerts if thresholds are violated. It also maintains a log of critical events and operations that have been performed in the Cisco CDC.
Like others already in the market, Cisco said it will offer bespoke configurations supporting both standard ISO containers and customized designs, using customer requirements to
create highly serviceable, generic IT space. These future modular design approaches will incorporate current designs and add customer requirements to meet its modular data center’s needs of the future.
Cisco CDC at a glance • Enclosed water-cooled rack design The CDC offers a closed cooling system focused on cooling inside the rack (not the entire container). A rack controller dynamically optimizes load by adjusting air temperature, fan speeds, water flow and temperature and detects leaks, providing a microclimate for internal temperatures.
• Comprehensive IT capacity planning With deployment support, real-time
monitoring, historical reporting and trending, space and environmental analytics, and guidance and visualization support to create balanced power and network patching.
• Ease of maintenance Racks slide out for ease of maintenance and the solution offers an optional equipment hoist for loading IT equipment, hot- swappable fans and quick disconnect coils on the racks.
• Redundancy options Cisco CDC offers 2N power and 2N power distribution unit (PDU) configurations.
For more about the Cisco Containerized Data Center, visit www.cisco.com/go/cdc
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