Allianz Deploys IO Anywhere Modular Data Center

by | Oct 31, 2011

Allianz Global Investors of America has deployed IO’s IO Anywhere, a modular data center technology platform. By choosing the modular platform, Allianz expects to avoid the upfront commitment of a multiple megawatt power plan, resulting in significant operating and capital expense savings.

The solution was delivered to Allianz in 90 days, IO said, adding that the modular platform is a flexible solution that can quickly scale to a business’s demands. IO Anywhere modular data centers aim to provide enterprise-class infrastructure that can be delivered as-a-service, and rapidly deployed as a product to customer sites anywhere in the world, the company said.

The move to the modular platform for data centers is the latest step offered to the IT industry in order to reduce costs at the data center.

HP announced its POD 240a module system in June, touting its ability to save upfront capital costs by up to 75 percent compared to traditional brick-and-mortar data center facilities, as well as reduce annual facilities energy spend by up to 95 percent.

A branch of the U.S. Postal Service also included modular power systems in its integration plan to combine four data centers servicing 90 offices. The move is expected to save thousands per year in electricity costs.

In other developments relevant to energy efficiency at the data center, Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has introduced a new low-power register for DDR3 memory modules, the company said.

IDT’s new wafer is expected to lower the power consumption of the server by up to 20% in full active mode and 40% in idle mode – numbers that IDT said are much lower than the existing power overhead typically associated with Registered Dual In-Line Memory Modules (RDIMMs).

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