Data center systems or subsystems that are pre-assembled in a factory are often described with terms like prefabricated, containerized, modular, skid-based, pod-based, mobile, portable, self-contained, all-in-one, and more. There are, however, important distinctions between the various types of factory-built building blocks on the market. This paper proposes standard terminology for categorizing the types of prefabricated modular data centers, defines and compares their key attributes, and provides a framework for choosing the best approach(es) based on business requirements.
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DCIM, data center, data center infrastructure management, DCIM management, IT, IT infrastructure, APC by Schneider Electric, facility operations and maintenance, data center facility operations, data center PUE, PUE, prefabricated modular data center, data center systems