A MicroDC or micro data centre might also be known as a ‘micro data center’ or ‘MDC’.

Each of the terms above refers to a system that contains all of the components of a ‘traditional data centre’ including IT rack(s), dedicated cooling systems, UPS, fire suppression and security, all designed to house and operate compute, data storage and networking systems.

MicroDCs can be designed to deliver modular scale and growth, while being configured to match your technology and business needs. Whether single or redundant cooling or UPS, diesel backup or electronic security locks, a micro data centre can be configured to align with your budget and IT strategy.

With STULZ Enabled by Oper8 MicroDC solutions, we suggest the following characteristics define a micro data centre:

  • Standard 19″ IT racks with standard rack mount rails are used just like any other data centre
  • UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) capacity is generally deployed within the MicroDC enclosure
  • True ‘data centre’ cooling systems with precision controls and management
  • A fully integrated inert gas fire suppression system should be provided within the MicroDC enclosure (or at least be a readily available option)
  • The MicroDC enclosure is fully sealed from external dust and other particulates, while offering physical security protection to safeguard your critical IT assets
  • Between one and up to six 40U IT racks are provided, noting multiple MicroDCs can be deployed to facilitate modular growth, or higher rack and kW capacities
  • Environmental monitoring and alerting, and optionally asset management is provided, including maintenance and support.

While they are smaller than your traditional data centre, a MicroDC has some advantages:

  • It’s much cheaper to deploy a MicroDC than a full blown computer room or traditional large-scale data centre
  • they don’t take up much space, and can be deployed in existing buildings to deliver new, or expand, existing data centre capacity
  • modular capacity can be deployed by the rack or kW of capacity rather than by ‘data hall’, suite or MW
  • they can be deployed indoors or outdoors which means they can fit into existing physical security zones

With the emerging edge compute and hybrid cloud IT delivery models, MicroDCs can be deployed where you need them – close to your users, business sites and functions.

When considering the Internet of Things (IoT) and the potential for millions of devices to connect to the internet, IoT gateways deployed in MicroDCs might well be the most cost effective solution.

Similarly, when compared to a traditional data centre, a MicroDC is more likely to meet your budget and project timeframes, bandwidth and low latency requirements, and be built where you need it, when you need it.

Need data centre capacity in a regional area?

Not all compute, application and data management needs to happen in the cloud – sometimes we just simply need it to be close, and not subject to bandwidth limitations or latency.

With the right connectivity and MicroDC-as-a-Service partner (like Oper8), your MicroDC can be connected to global cloud services and colocation facilities, or meshed to your other MicroDCs to align to your business and technology needs.

HPC in a MicroDC – available now!

With High Performance Compute (HPC) platforms and systems requiring very high density racks containing compute and storage – at times in excess of 40kW or 60kW per rack – specialised cooling systems integrated into MicroDCs can be deployed on campus or in the building of your choosing. HPC MicroDCs are available with support up to 64kW per rack using ‘direct liquid cooling to the chip’.

In these cases, UPS systems may be deployed in separate MicroDCs, separate racks within the MicroDC or in dedicated UPS rooms depending on the location and overall capacity requirements.

Common Terms:

  • 40U – 40 Rack Units internal height (of an IT rack)
  • HPC – High Performance Computing
  • kW – kiloWatt of power or cooling capacity
  • MW – MegaWatt of power or cooling capacity
  • UPS – Uninterruptible Power Supply