Containerization refers to the use of modular boxes (converted shipping containers are most commonly used) to set up IT equipment in order to function as data centers. Generally, containerized data centers can be uniquely configured to feature an ideal combination of generators, servers, networking equipment, storage device, and more so that connectivity is built into these modular blocks. Depending on the vendor or chosen marketing term, containerized data centers are also identified as pods. In most cases, containerization is used for temporary deployments. For example, it can be used in a disaster area. Today, containerization has also been used to add additional servers for companies, which have overflowing data centers or aren’t ready to move to the cloud yet.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Containerization
- Containerization is great when you want to take your time as you shop around for a bigger data center to suit your growing business needs.
- Containerization can be used as a temporary stage in the implementation of new IT strategies to improve business operations.
- Since containerized data centers are mobile, they can be set up wherever your base is.
- Containerization can be used to accelerate release cycles. When your needs are more stabilized, the current infrastructure can be moved to a permanent home.
- You can avoid continually renegotiating contracts with a data center or hold onto more than you actually need.
- Some containerized data centers do come with power and cooling systems preinstalled.
- Containerization can pack a high density of compute and storage infrastructure in a compact space.
- Containerized data centers are usually weather proof and sound proof.
- Containerization cannot achieve and provide the same efficiency of scale that a true data center can
- Containerized data centers do not have multiple built-in redundancies in place.
- Containerized data centers do not come with specialists to run them. You have to recruit your own team, or train one or more of your own employees.
- Businesses that want to opt for containerization face challenges while finding skilled employees to run them
- Containerization is not yet ubiquitous enough to be truly recognized as a convenient solution.
- Containerization providers have yet to step up and provide competent personnel, hardware, etc., to improve integration of containerized data center solutions into existing IT strategies.
- A single point of failure can take down a whole containerized data center.
Understanding the Assembly Aspects of Containerization
Containerization often features ready-made plug and play units. This is designed to compensate for the lack of a team of expert personnel who work in data center technologies. Since these containerized units utilize standardized technology, you can rest assured that they have been assembled and designed by qualified personnel. In most case, there is no need to search for any fitting and/or assembling personnel for each containerized data center related technology and to keep your data flowing.
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