Micro Data Centers are not just a self-contained racks with cooling; they are a method to “free” digital resources normally chained to the traditional data center. Micro data centers must be versatile to support the industry-wide demand for information processing required by fog computing, mobile edge compute, content delivery networks and the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). Micro data center deliver very robust cooling solutions and micro-managed airflow along with the durability to operate in severe environments. Micro data centers like those from Instant Data Centers can support HPC densities more than 60KW per system; meeting or exceeding the most advanced hyper-scale data center rack densities and cooling efficiencies in the world, and deployable in a vast number of locations and situations.

Micro data centers are modular building blocks that are repeatable and easy to scale up. CIOs today are equipping their tool belt with options that have evolved beyond the standard “one-size-fits-all” data center, and micro data centers are a natural part of this evolution.

Micro data centers differentiate themselves from other prefabricated designs with their ability to pack a lot into a minuscule environment. For example, one of these data centers can include 20 servers that harness virtualization technology, switches that take up only one or two rack units, cooling and a UPS system. Need more than that? Just add another box. This method is quick to deploy, highly scalable and creates a uniform design, so technology support knows exactly what’s going on.

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City of Flagstaff

Canadian Federal Agency


Rapidly Deployable Turnkey Data Center

Challenges:   AOL needed to address technical challenges and aggressive ways to enhance and bring greater scalability to its products and services.. Its primary goal was to develop and deliver a data center environment without the need of a physical building.  The environment needed to require as minimal amount of physical “touch” as possible and allow AOL the ultimate flexibility in terms of how it delivered capacity for its products and services.

Solutions:  Deploying the Raser DX  allowed AOL to deliver that capacity, in an outdoor environment with  no staffing.  The data center can be moved and operate anywhere in the world .

Benefits:   Rapid Deployable in one month vs. months or years; pre-planned versus reactive support model;  modular compute capacity build-out package; pre-racked, vendor integrated deployment model; 100 % cloud technology facility.


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Disaster Recovery for the City of Flagstaff

Challenges:  The City of Flagstaff faced challenges common to many municipalities across the country: provide sufficient IT that is vital to government operations; secure and protect data; and react quickly to government and IT changes. Additionally, the City had limited infrastructure to expand its data center.

Solution:  The City  purchased a Spear which provided it with  a compact, secure, reliable and flexible infrastructure for disaster recovery and remote backup support . The data center is situated in a warehouse saving office space and money.

Benefits:  Rapid deployment; drop in place architecture which greatly reduced  CapEx and OpEX costs; improved performance and the ability to expand as the City continues to grow.

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Canadian Federal Agency in need of Data Center Retrofit that could be easily relocated in the future.

Challenges:   This Canadian Federal Agency was planning to move out of its leased building within two years. They had already relocated their facility a year earlier and did not want to move their core switches or build a new data center closet for $250,000.

Solution:   Deploying two Spears with dual cooling allowed the agency to run its entire network throughout Canada. They plan to order additional Spears this year to accommodate expanding needs.

Benefits:   $150,000 capital savings versus retrofitting current data center; scalability, and the ability to relocate the data center to a new location as planned.

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Federal Aviation Administration in need of High Performance Computing Solution

Challenges:  The science fiction enthusiasts’ dream of commercial space travel is a little closer to becoming a reality.  However, there remain a number of challenges including the dangers of exposing commuters to radiation as they reach altitudes up to 100 km above earth. To address this problem, the FAA  will need to conduct extensive research to establish safeguards for the emerging industry. Elliptical Mobile Solutions’ partner, Nor-Tech, was selected by the FAA to develop a high-performance computing solution to conduct its studies, with an emphasis on reliability, security, storage capacity and space and cost savings. Nor-tech’s proposal was the only one among the major Tier 1 manufacturers that even came close to the FAA’s budgeted price for the solution.

Solutions: Through a two-and-a-half year collaboration with the FAA’s medical doctors, physicists and engineers, Nor-Tech designed a portable data center using Elliptical Mobile Solutions’ Raser HD.

Benefits: The Micro-Modular Data Center can support up to 80 kW per 42U cabinet offering an unprecedented density in the smallest footprint available, as required by the FAA. The Raser HD also features a robust liquid cooling system so the data center can be completely sealed without the risk of overheating and still meet the FAA’s high compute and storage needs.

The FAA now has a highly efficient data center to conduct its research with the lowest total cost of ownership.


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