Centercore: A New Flexible Datacenter Approach

Rather than build massive datacenters that take years to fill, Fidelity Investments has developed Centercore, an incremental, standards-based datacenter design.
January 31, 2014

Faster, And Cheaper

Centercore is constructed off-site with redundant power and cooling capacity for up to 1 Megawatt of IT equipment and 7,000 square feet of open white space for equipment. When reassembled on-site, the build team set, bolted, and roofed 30 core units to a weather tight condition in 15 work days.

The off-site building process and standardize format allows Centercore to be built much faster, and cheaper, than a traditional datacenter, Fidelity says. "Traditionally, you would take 18 months to build your own facility," Higgins notes. "We can do it in six months, and 10% to 15% cheaper than regular construction." In addition, if a firm were to build a traditional facility, it would likely "overbuild" for the current needs, resulting in stranded investments until the technology demand catches up to facility supply.

This prefabricated Centercore unit is being lifted into place.

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