Schneider Electric and Compass Datacenters have announced a partnership that's aimed at\u00a0expanding the two companies' production capabilities for modular data centers. They're building a\u00a0110,000 square-foot facility where they'll integrate Schneider\u2019s power management equipment with Compass\u2019s prefabricated data center modules in an effort to speed deployments across the US.\nIt\u2019s an ideal match. Schneider makes the infrastructure that runs data centers and Compass designs and builds data centers for hyperscalers and cloud service providers worldwide. Compass builds standard-design data centers as well as the newer modular type, which is gaining in popularity.\n"This modern approach we're pursuing supports both organizations' goals and serves as a guidepost for vendor and industry partnerships others can follow,"\u00a0said Aamir Paul, North America President of Schneider Electric, in a statement.\nThe new facility, which is adjacent to Compass\u2019 Red Oak, Texas campus, will enable the two companies to integrate their supply chain networks and streamline the delivery of\u00a0pre-engineered, prefabricated IT infrastructure.\nModular data centers can be thought of as an extension of containerized data centers from 20 years ago, when Sun Microsystems first introduced a shipping container packed with hardware and ready to deploy. Modular data centers take this concept one step further and prioritize scalability, so you can start small and increase capacity by adding on ready-to-deploy modules as your needs increase.\u00a0\nCompass primarily serves cloud service providers, however the companies are seeing demand for more on-prem data centers from the enterprise side as well, according to Phanney Kim-Brevard, head of business strategy and transformation data center systems business at Schneider Electric.\nThe consistency and quality of modular data centers has been validated over the past few years, Kim-Brevard said. \u201cWe're finding that more and more of our cloud and service provider and end market customers are really benefiting from the speed that they gain\u201d when taking the modular approach, she said.\nThe speed of deployment depends on the complexity of the modular solution; however, generally speaking, the companies can produce a modular solution 50% faster than traditionally built solutions, Kim-Brevard said.\n\u201cThe reason Schneider Electric can do that is because of the dedicated expertise behind the tender, design, and fabrication stages, utilizing the most efficient methodology throughout. It also helps that we already produce 90% of the hardware that goes into a data center,\u201d she said.