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Micro Data Center - Basics

MDC which is abbreviated as Micro Data Centre is yet another trending technology which is getting incorporated with diverse industries and firms (technology, management, health care etc). It is a moderately petite, module-like structure which provides support to small trades and production companies & offers further assets for a firm or organization. The main focus that was kept in mind while developing this micro data centre concept is to solve a diverse collections of issues and solve complex problems that are not getting solved with large traditional modular data centres.

In other words, these are very small sized data centres with containerized architecture developed and designed in solving heavy computational workloads without the need of traditional facilities. Traditional data centres size may vary from rack to rack and containers residing in rooms, micro data centres as the name suggest, size has been lowered down to four servers in one rack of size 19 inch. These modern data centres come embedded with cooling systems (advanced liquid cooling), encryption and security mechanisms, fire, water and natural disaster protection features etc. These are traditional data centres with smaller sized equipments and high capability; with power backup system, suppression and fire resistance, power supply and cooling rack in addition.

The most popular advantages of these modern data centres are -

  • Compact and portable

  • Fast and efficient

  • Standardized

  • Scalable

  • Deployment can be done rapidly

  • Embedded cooling facility

  • Distributed architecture: for minimizing downtime with faster response

So how do traditional data centre architecture sounds like in contrast to modern MDCs? Traditional data centres basically contain dozens of servers and hundreds and thousands of VMs (Virtual Machines) with a height of nearly 40 to 45 ft. On the other hand, a micro data centre (MDC) consists of less than 10 servers or fewer & approx. 100 virtual machines that too encapsulated within 19 inch box. Micro data centres are mostly implemented in cases where firms and organization need edge computing (which is a distributed IT infrastructure where the client data gets processed at periphery of network, keeping it closer to its originating location), for bringing resources closer to end user, which ultimately reduces costs and traversing effort. Their size which leads to portability, versatility, plug and play capabilities make this technology ideal for remote usage, for branch offices or at places and location which are highly prone to disasters and natural calamities.

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