HP rolls out PODs

HP joins datacentre-in-a-box market with launch of containerized POD

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 20, 2008

HP has become the latest vendor to offer data centres in a shipping container, with the launch of the new HP POD.

The POD - Performance Optimized Data Centre - is a container-based data centre which will provide easy deployment of HP and third party technology to meet demand for server, storage or networking computer power.

Customers will be able to have PODs built to order, and delivered to their site within six weeks. A standard twelve metre POD can hold up to 3,500 compute nodes, or 12,000 Large Form Factor hard drives.

The concept of a data centre in a shipping container, to provide fast, cost-effective deployment of computing power, has already been championed by companies including Sun Microsystems, Google and Rackable, although HP says that its POD will provide greater density of hardware than other solutions, while still using industry standard 19 inch racks.

Christine Martino, vice president and general manager, Scalable Computing and Infrastructure Organization, HP said: "With HP PODs, customers have more flexibility to balance their capital expenditures and operating expenses while quickly and seamlessly meeting their needs for additional capacity. HP's innovative POD approach allows customers to deploy world-class, scalable, highly power-efficient data centre resources quickly and ships in just six weeks."

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