The Channel logo


By | Simon Sharwood 14th October 2016 02:01

Dell to reveal 'micro data centres' for outdoor use

Sometimes you need to compute on the edge, as well as live there

Dell's teased something interesting ahead of next week's DellWorld gabfest: a “micro Modular Data Center (MDC)” that can be deployed outdoors if required.

As depicted above (or here for those of you on our mobile site) Dell's offering has three racks. One will hold the company's DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure that our sibling site The Next Platform has detailed as capable of holding up to 96 compute nodes. The other two racks hold power and cooling equipment.

Dell says the MDC can be “... placed indoors or outdoors, leveraging outside air or mechanical cooling technologies.”

Why would anyone want 96 weatherproof compute nodes standing on the street? As we've previously explored, plenty of thinking about the Internet of Things suggests putting processing at the edge of the network to save comms costs and save the data centre core for jobs known to be worth doing. This MDC concept will help with such rigs. It will also help telcos who want to preserve core network capacity by putting compute and content out where their users are. And that can mean putting compute capacity next to mobile base stations, hence the possibility of outdoor use.

Or perhaps this is one for serious domestic bit barn builders who have run out of roof space or have been told their computers are no longer welcome in the house. ®

comment icon Read 20 comments on this article or post a comment alert Send corrections


Frank Jennings

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
A rusty petrol pump at an abandoned gas station. Pic by Silvia B. Jakiello via shutterstock

Trevor Pott

Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
Baby looks taken aback/shocked/affronted. Photo by Shutterstock

Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


League of gentlemen poster - Tubbs and Edward at the local shop. Copyright BBC
One reselling man tells his tale of woe