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A data center in a box is a type of data center in which portable, mobile and modular information nodes are self-contained within a cargo container. It is designed and packaged for quick deployment and acquisition of data center solutions in organizations or facilities, including remote off-site locations.
Typically, a data center in a box is a miniature version of a data center that is prepackaged with all necessary equipment and accessories. The container is usually 20 to 40 feet in length and contains server racks, storage, displays, network/Internet and power and cooling facilities.
Being a prepackaged and configured solution, a data center in a box can generally be shipped, transported and operational in a fraction of the time required by a traditional data center for setup and operations. It also can host hundreds to thousands of rack servers and usually consumes less electrical power than a standard data center.