Supporting its Integrated Modular Solutions (IMS) business in EMEA, Vertiv has announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Rugvica, Croatia. The new facility would allow for easy expansion to capitalize on opportunities from the “rapidly growing” prefabricated modular data center (PFM) market.
PFM data centers come in many different forms with different usage scenarios including IT- and facility-specific designs and so-called all-in-one modules with integrated IT, power and cooling infrastructure. The all-in-one modules are often used in education, industry and healthcare, as well as in remote and hard-to-reach environments.
The advantage of the ‘plug and play’ approach is not only the quick installation and short start-up time that is reduced to just days instead of weeks or months. Also, the risk of quality issues is reduced because the components are pre-integrated and tested at a remote site.
Compared to the previous factory, the new location offers 130 percent more indoor space and 60 percent more outdoor space. In addition, it allows for easy expansion to capitalize on opportunities from the “rapidly growing” prefabricated modular data center (PFM) market. Finally, the facility also includes a number of innovations for the development of both PFM modules and air handling systems for thermal management.
Vertiv SmartMod, Vertiv Power Module
“We hear a lot about IT trends and new developments in technology such as 5G, IoT and AI, but less about the innovative physical infrastructure behind them,” said Giordano Albertazzi, CEO of Vertiv in EMEA. “Right now we are seeing strong growth in the adoption of prefabricated modular solutions to support these new technologies. For Vertiv, it is important to continue to invest in both capacity and innovation to be able to continuously meet the needs of our customers. This new location should contribute to making our EMEA and global customers more successful. At the same time, it reflects our continued investment in the markets in which we operate.”
Vertiv’s PFM designs include a number of different products to meet specific customer needs – such as the Vertiv SmartMod and the Vertiv Power Module. The Vertiv SmartMod is a fully “self-contained, easily configurable, turnkey” PFM product suite. It would allow for the rapid installation of new IT rooms (whitespace) in data centers.
The Vertiv Power Module is an “efficient, power-dense” critical infrastructure. It can be “quickly” installed as a stand-alone unit. Finally, Vertiv also offers fully customized PFM solutions including design, project management and systems integration.