IBM mobile data center offers roomier option

Big Blue offers Portable Modular Data Center to space-strapped enterprises but relationship with traditional data centers more complementary than competitive, notes exec.

SINGAPORE--Scalability, rapid deployment and low total cost of ownership (TCO) are benefits enterprises stand to reap when they utilize IBM's latest Portable Modular Data Center (PMDC) offering. However, these data centers will complement, rather than compete against, traditional ones, a company executive said.

IBM Portable Modular Data Center
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Linus Lee, service line leader of data center services, global technology services, IBM Asean, said the PMDC will be able to bring down TCO by saving on floor space needed for deployment compared with traditional data centers. Each container can be placed atop another but Big Blue recommends stacking a maximum of three containers for safety reasons, Lee said at an event here Thursday as part of a regional tour to showcase the PMDC.

Additionally, it can be quickly deployed, with a typical installation taking only 3 months, compared with the 6 to 9 months needed to implement conventional data center, he said.

That said, Lee pointed out that the PMDC is meant to complement, not replace, traditional data centers. Not all companies will find the need for a modular data center particularly when they have enough floor space to run their IT infrastructure, he said.

Big Blue also revealed at the event here that it had signed up Malaysia-based Electronics Manufacturing Company as its first Asean customer, and is currently in discussions with several Singapore customers interested in the mobile data center. IBM started aggressively pushing the PMDC in the region a year ago.

Electronics Manufacturing Company was running out of room to expand its data center, Lee revealed. With the PMDC, the manufacturer can now deploy the data center in one of the company's loading bay, he added.


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