Several IT trends including internet of things (IoT) and content distribution networks (CDN) are driving the need to reduce telecommunications latency and bandwidth costs. Distributing “micro” data centers closer to the points of utilization reduces the latency and costs from the cloud or other remote data centers. This distributed data center architecture also provides physical infrastructure benefits that apply to any small data center regardless of the latency requirement. This paper explains how micro data centers take advantage of existing infrastructure and demonstrates how this architecture reduces capital expenses by 42% over a traditional build. Other benefits are discussed including shorter project timelines.