Mobile Data Center

What Does Mobile Data Center Mean?

A mobile data center is a type of data center that is designed and packaged in a small and mobile facility, usually in a standard shipping container.

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These small-scale data centers can easily be transported and deployed to remote and mobile locations.

A mobile data center is also known as a modular data center.

Techopedia Explains Mobile Data Center

A mobile data center is primarily designed to be quickly deployed and operational at locations requiring mobile computing services, such as:

  • Disaster recovery operations
  • Military operations
  • Media broadcasts

Because of its rapid deployment and all-in-one design, it can also be used as a means to complement an existing data center by serving as an additional source of computing resources.

A mobile data center typically is housed within a 20- to 40-foot shipping container or a pre-fabricated purpose-built data center container. A mobile data center contains:

  • Multiple server racks
  • Storage
  • Network/Internet support
  • Power
  • Cooling mechanism

Moreover, mobile data centers have a lesser cost per foot, are energy efficient and have greater density per rack than a standard data center.

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