What is a Micro Modular Data Center?

Micro modular data centers have drastically changed the way traditional data centers or computer center architectures provided the means for cooling, power supplies, and space infrastructure. It includes standardized components, making it easier and more cost-effective to build, deploy and integrate/retrofit to any other data center wherever a customer may be located.

Modular data centers take the place of what a traditional data center leaves behind by being flexible, scalable, easy to move, and can be used more than once, a carbon footprint that is not as big, a lower amount of time for deployment, more efficiency, and a lowered total cost of ownership. It is delivered as a self-contained, turnkey answer to the issue with a total integrated solution like racks, power and cooling, security and monitoring components populated to use as a plug and play unit. The self-contained modular units are built with single rack and extend to multiple racks.

Single rack modular data centers are also called micro-modular data centers and they have the means to be portable, they have casters, and their functions are self-propelled. Modular data centers are also purpose-built with many modules like data, power, cooling and generator modules, that are custom made to a customer’s needs. Some of the major companies that utilize micro-modular data centers are: IO Data Centers, Elliptical Mobile Solutions, Emerson Network Power, HP, Colt, Dell, IBM, SGI, and Schneider Electric.


Modular data centers are another way to deliver data center capacity (for example a critical load). Even though there are many benefits for the design-build approach, they are limited when it comes to achieving a quality product. A modular approach assumes a standard design and components that have partially been assembled in advance. The amount of how much a modular data center has been assembled in advance and completion are key differentiators. The main focus of being modular is to create a steady-state, repeatable process to ensure that everything is consistent, which leads to less work having to be done over and a shorter delivery schedule. Investment can also be staged which lowers the risk.

The Future of Micro Modular Data Centers

The global market for Prefabricated Modular Data Centers is projected to make five billion dollars by the year 2020. The reason for this is the increase in data traffic, more data centers being created, and the ongoing need for shortening the lead time for data center commissioning. The growth in this market is expected to be positive due to the influx of new vendors which, in turn, results in an increase in product choices in the marketplace. The adoption of micro-modular data centers and full mini data centers is projected to increase with the growing demand for edge network IT. The United States represents the largest market worldwide.