Wave2Wave Intros Portable 'Data Center-In-A-Box' Solutions

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As an alternative to traditional, fixed data centers, Wave2Wave Solutions has introduced a series of portable, data center-in-a-box solutions.

Wave2Wave, originally a China-based manufacturer of IT cables and wavelength management accessories, is entering the portable data center enclosure business with solutions manufactured in its Milpitas, Calif.-based headquarters, said Steve Wong, director of marketing for the company.

The company is not looking to replace traditional data centers with its modular data center solutions, Wong said. Instead, it is providing an alternative for IT customers who may already have one or more data centers in place and who are looking to house part of their IT infrastructure outside those data centers, he said.

"If you build a new data center today, you'll rack your brains over the design costs, building costs, and operating costs," he said. "With our system, this is not an issue."

Going with modular data center-in-a-box solutions can mean major cost savings, in many cases, for customers, Wong said.

For instance, because the infrastructure, construction, and future capacity costs of a traditional data center are eliminated, the Wave2Wave solutions could result in decreased capital costs of up to 80 percent, he said.

Operating costs can be reduced by 40 percent to 65 percent because of reduced electricity costs, floor space, and maintenance, he said.

Wave2Wave introduced three data center-in-a-box solutions which can be used for disaster recovery, cloud computing, remote office, mobile SAN, or military or security applications, Wong said.

The first is the w-MetroExpress, a 24U enclosure with the ability to handle a 2.5-kWh IT power load and NEMA (National Electronics Manufacturing Association) level 12 electrical protection for indoors use. The company also offers a NEMA 4 option for use outdoors, Wong said.

The w-MetroExpress, which sits on wheels for portability, also has an optional battery-powered drive train option which allows it to be easily moved up to 10 miles on a single charge, he said.

The second model, the w-MetroMono, features a 36U rack for industry-standard, high-density server and storage blades, as well as 6U of rack space on the side for network switches and KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) devices. This unit does not have wheels. It can handle power loads of up to 12 kWhs, Wong said.

The third is the w-MetroVault, a 22U enclosure which is rated NEMA 3R for electrical protection and which is armor plated for use in hostile environments. "It can withstand a crush force of up to 70,000 pound, or a .30-cal bullet, making it ideal for military or similar applications," he said.

The three enclosures, which can be configured with industry-standard rack mount servers, storage, and networking equipment, feature closed loop cooling which separates air inside the enclosures from the outside air, Wong said.

"The air conditioning unit is outside the enclosures," he said. "The main enclosures are sealed. When the AC on the outside runs, it pulls warm air inside the enclosure through, cools it, and sends it back. Outside and inside air is not mixed."

That is an important part of keeping costs down, Wong said.

"A lot of people don't realize that the cost to operate a data center is a lot more than the acquisition cost," he said. "About 75 percent of the power used for cooling a data center is wasted. Only about 25 percent of cooling makes it to the items being cooled. We switched that ratio around with our w-Metro family."

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