The concept of Just-In-Time manufacturing has been around for decades. More recently we have seen the extension of this concept into the IT infrastructure arena with on-demand or dynamic provisioning. Even with these advances, bringing new data center capacity online has continued to be very time consuming, labor and capital intensive; that is, until the advent of modular data centers several years ago.

The escalating cost of data center construction is not sustainable, particularly in challenging economic times1. Construction costs alone for a large-scale enterprise data center can be in the tens of millions and take years to complete. In our work, we see an ever increasing number of clients looking to investigate data center construction and/or co-lo site selection options. Often these initiatives are a result of a client unexpectedly approaching the limits of available power and/or cooling capacity.

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