Companies that operate large data centers, especially colocation, cloud and telco service providers, continually struggle to keep up with user demand. They often need to build out data center infrastructure quickly to preserve capital and secure client business opportunity.
To date one of the gating factors to a rapid build-out has been the data center containment systems, which were often not flexible enough to support easy, quick installation of new IT racks. In general, components were ordered separately – racks, UPSs, PDUs and of course all the IT gear – all assembled on site. And generally, the racks all had to be the same size to fit correctly into the containment system. That is not a recipe for rapid, flexible data center deployment.
In June, Schneider Electric took a big step toward changing that equation with the launch of HyperPod, a freestanding frame system designed to enable the deployment of fully equipped IT racks of various sizes. With HyperPod, systems integrators and resellers help their clients by equipping them with the exact configuration of IT gear, UPSs and PDUs their customer needs, and just slide the entire rack into the HyperPod in the customer’s data center.
HyperPods allows racks to simply roll in and out in increments of eight to 12 at a time with the flexibility to deploy one rack at a time and simply use blanking panels to fill gaps until other racks arrive. The system supports a variety of cooling configurations, including perimeter, row-based or outside IT room cooling, in either a hot- or cold-aisle containment configuration.
HyperPod is highly flexible, with the ability to adjust to different widths, up to 800mm, and heights, up to 52U high. That makes HyperPod ideal for traditional, converged and hyperconverged IT infrastructure because they can accommodate racks for various reference architectures, including HPE, Nutanix, and Cisco UCS. Typically, each architecture required its own specific configuration with respect to rack size – a significant gating factor.
HyperPods also support a variety of power distribution options, including optional end-of-row cabinets with electrical panels. It provides a built-in raceway system that allows the easy routing of whips and mounting of outlets and integrates row-based modular PDUs within a pod.
What all this means for partners and systems integrators is shorter deployment cycles. With the ability to pre-load racks with IT gear, you can now simply roll the rack into the HyperPod at the customer site. Make a few simple connections for power and data cables and you’re done.
HyperPods greatly reduce the amount of on-site installation and configuration work, making installations far more predictable. You’ll also be able to realize revenue sooner, since the job completion won’t be dependent on waiting for the customer’s IT gear to show up.
All of these benefits result in significant cost savings for deployments as well as on capital expenses. For a sample configuration with a 1.3 MW capacity consisting of nine pods with 24 racks each, at a density of 6 kW/rack, our estimates show HyperPod will save 16% on capital costs. The biggest gains come from the shorter raised floor with no cutouts, reduced ceiling grid construction and lower-cost frame-mounted panels.
Projected installation time is also shorter, from 84 days with a traditional setup to 66.5 days with HyperPod, a 21% savings.
We expect HyperPods will be a great tool for helping customers meet their seemingly insatiable demand for data center capacity more quickly, with greater flexibility and at a lower cost. There’s a lot to like.