The following image depicts the result, at the end of a short simulation that starts with a fixed construction budget of $210 million, and compares the revenue-generating capability of two datacenter construction strategies.  A conventional centralized strategy is depicted alongside a distributed strategy that is based on SCRUTINY® miniaturized datacenter technology.  Both deployment strategies start at the same time and selected location in Prineville, Oregon.  This simulation covers 18 months, including two months prior to ground-breaking.  The $210 million construction budget is the same for both strategies.  Further down the page is a video clip that animates the simulation.

CONVENTIONAL Centralized Strategy:  

The conventional centralized datacenter construction strategy on the left follows the actual Facebook timeline for its Prineville phase 1 datacenter (PRN1), which is typical for facilities of its size.  Here, the specific details don’t much matter.  Even after breaking ground, it’s a long time before revenue starts.

SCRUTINY® Distributed Strategy:  

In contrast, the distributed strategy on the right depends on our miniaturized datacenter technology to accelerate revenue generation by deploying each site more quickly, and by adding more locations in the same timeframe.

The narrated video simulation below compares the two strategies in terms of their ability to generate revenue, using a nominal value of $2,471 per megawatt-hour, or just under 2.5 million dollars per gigawatt-hour.  Accordingly, it tracks the megawatts of servers deployed, and the cumulative online gigawatt-hours of server operation.  The simulation compares four variables for each point in time:

  1. The servers deployed, measured in megawatts (MW)

  2. The monetized (revenue-generating) hours to-date, measured in gigawatt hours

  3. The revenue generated to-date, in millions of dollars

  4. The revenue to-date per megawatt of deployed server capacity, measured in ($/MW)

In this narrated video simulation, the conventional strategy on the left remains in the construction phase for a long time. 

 

On the right, each site moves quickly through construction to revenue-generating operation, and multiple sites may be in process concurrently. 

 

In this particular simulation, the number of distributed sites is limited by the fixed construction budget of $210 million, which is the same for both strategies.

Compared to the conventional strategy, after 18 months, the distributed strategy has more than twice the online capacity for the same construction budget, and has generated 29 times the revenue.  In fact, the $493 million in revenue generated by the distributed strategy in this short time period more than doubles the $210 million construction budget.  Since the deployment of infrastructure and I.T. equipment is fully automated, the SCRUTINY® distributed sites can each expand by 2:1 or 4:1 without further construction or build-out, so they can immediately keep up with demand (on a just-in-time basis) while producing even more revenue.

Miniaturization makes it possible to construct datacenters in weeks (versus the months or years required for conventional datacenters).  Physical automation makes it possible to deploy I.T. equipment in under ten minutes per megawatt (versus the days or weeks required for conventional datacenters), so there is no schedule delay for build-out/fit-out.

See also:  Construction