A mini data centre (mini DC), also known as a micro or edge data centre, is a smaller and more compact version of a conventional data centre.
It usually consists of only a few servers, storage units and network components housed in a single module, enclosure or rack. It should be possible to use these devices at customer premises, in a branch office or in the vicinity of data-intensive applications.
Micro data centre – often the better choice
Cadolto Datacenter solutions can be used as a mini data centre and transformed into a larger data centre whenever required. The modular design makes this possible. The mini data centre can always be extended individually.
Use of a mini data centre provides numerous advantages for users:
- Proximity to data sources: Physical proximity to the data sources helps reduce latency and increase data transmission speeds. This is particularly important for applications such as industrial automation or a high-level IT infrastructure.
- Cost efficiency: In terms of purchasing and operating costs, mini data centres are usually far cheaper to build than large data centres.
- Scalability: Mini data centres can be easily scaled by adding additional modules. This enables individual adaptation to changing requirements.
- Easier maintenance: Due to their reduced complexity and proximity to the data source, maintenance is easier and less time consuming.
- Security: Mini data centres can, despite their size, be equipped with robust security measures to protect data.
- Energy efficiency: Many mini data centres have reduced energy demands, which makes them more environmentally friendly. However, this is only possible if suitable modules are employed and standard shipping containers are no longer used as a solution.
- Faster implementation: Mini data centres can be set up much faster than large ones. This makes companies a lot more agile.
Mini data centres are a flexible, cost-effective and energy-efficient way to extend your own IT infrastructure. The use of modules or system containers offer an ideal price/performance ratio. Applications that require fast and local data processing benefit most from the advantages of mini data centres.