Modular Data Centre – on the highway

I’ve looked at this Bladeroom company for a previous data centre build I was working on. Today I was driving down the highway and it was straddling two lanes.

Screenshot of iPhoto

Then I saw that there were three modules on those trucks.

Blade Room Data Center

So, here is my idea for this. You pick a small town not too far away that has a light industrial district. You buy/rent a warehouse or old factory of some sort, big enough to fit as many of these prefab buildings you need. If it’s an old factory it probably has the necessary power and nearby transformers that you needs.

Get this prebuilt kit on order, it will arrive about 12 weeks later. Then take 12 weeks to slots some gear in there with a few fat pipes to your local service provider. In 3 months, you’ve got your own private ‘cloud’.

Just saying it’s a different way of building a data centre. You don’t really need a custom building like Phacebook to make a good sized, efficient, state of the art data centre.

Just think a bit different.


Check out the videos on their website, I think this is a cool idea.

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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