Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the federal General Services Agency, Mark Bramfitt, P.E., a consultant in the utility and information technology industry, is drafting a guidebook that charts a process of choosing from available container-based and modular data center technologies, with a focus on energy efficiency and the provision of supporting infrastructure.

While it would be impossible to stay current with every development in this area, the project strives to provide a clear snapshot of the industry today, with the primary goal of describing a specification and deployment planning process that will be relevant in the future.

Providers of modular or container-based systems will be contacted about their product offerings. In addition, a case study based on a container deployment at the University of California at San Diego is being developed and additional case studies on this technology are being sought. Contact Bramfitt for more details.