Very pleased indeed to announce that the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has released the final version of a paper devoted to assessing the energy efficiency and deployment considerations of container/modular data center units.
I co-wrote the paper with Henry Coles of LBNL, and I am indebted to him for the heavy lifting of the technical analysis comparing selected units, rating them for energy efficiency.
The crux of the paper is that the latest generation of modular units, featuring on-board air-side economizers supplemented with direct evaporative cooling systems, offer superior energy efficiency performance and should also be easier and less costly to deploy. Companies like Lee Technologies, HP, and SGI are offering second-generation units.
We've had great support from the vendor community both in providing information for the report, and in supporting our analysis and conclusions.
I hope that the report is of interest and use broadly in the industry - and a big thank you to the US General Services Administration for commissioning it.