A modular approach balances growth and investment.
Predicting the future.
A prominent financial institution approached HED for help resolving a challenge common to many data center clients: accurately predicting—and preparing for—future capacity needs without overspending in the present. While the client’s models predicted a need for quadruple the operating power of their current data center over the next ten years, when and how this growth would occur remained unclear.
To resolve this challenge, HED devised a modular, scalable approach with the ability to add 1,125kW in less than six months. Built in four phases, this approach would enable our client to quickly ramp up capacity to accommodate anticipated growth as it occurred—rather than committing at the outset to a larger facility that might be underutilized for years. Likewise, the building shell would also be constructed in two phases, increasing space as needed rather than all at once.
This approach ensured that our clients’ investment aligned with real-time growth, enabling them to invest at a pace that reflected their present needs, while planning in advance for future needs.
At present, the original IT capacity projections have not been realized; should significant growth arise in the future, however, the Phase III and IV plans remain in place to accommodate increased space and capacity needs.