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New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, software development company, Pittsburg, tri state, tri-state,  C#, C++, Asp.Net, .Net

Data Centers Go Modular

Data Centers are built in a modular way and can be built faster and more cheaply. The approach has reduced the amount of time it takes to construct a center from as long as two years to 16 weeks in some cases. It also makes the data centers—which can run upward of $100 million—more cost effective.

The amount of commercial data-center capacity becoming available, which grew 5% in 2010, is projected to hit double-digit growth rates, up to 11% growth in 2014, according to Tier 1 Research. Meanwhile, Tier 1 said demand grew 13% in 2010 and is expected to keep growing above that rate into the future.

Cloud services, a catchall term for data and programs accessed over the Internet, is a large driver of that increase. The market for cloud services is expected to reach $102.1 billion in 2012, up from $68.3 billion in 2010, according to research firm Gartner.

Cloud services include streaming videos, online email programs, and corporate applications that are hosted on outside computers.

Modules are typically built in specialized factories, and include the servers and other computer equipment that run the data center, plus the wiring, power and cooling systems. They are loaded onto a flatbed when complete and more or less plugged in and turned on when they reach the intended location.

The modular data centers use the same components as custom-designed ones, such as servers, electricity, and cooling equipment. But companies estimate it is anywhere from 10% to 30% cheaper to build a modular data center, in part because of the assembly-line like approach.

Sine Software Technology hosts its software packages on multiple data centers in the United States. Sine Dispatcher, a flagship courier software program from Sine Software, has multiple servers strategically located at different geo-locations.