Containers have gone through its hype phase, and now we'll see how many start buying containers. There is some new media coverage on Cisco's move in containers.
Cisco claims that by purchasing a portable data center—which cost around $1.2 million for a 40-foot, fully loaded model and some $600,000 for a 20-footer—an enterprise can save 50 percent in capital expenses and 30 percent in operating expenses compared with a similar-sized, permanent land-based facility. But those are very general numbers.
InformationWeek Gov't has coverage.
Cisco has long been selling pieces of containerized data centers to the military through systems integrators, but with the company now selling servers in addition to network equipment, it has the product line in place to get into the containerized data center business.
"We're looking at a model of building a Cisco container -- with a Cisco part number -- that will contain the unified computing platform," said Bruce Klein, Cisco's U.S. public sector senior VP.
Cisco has a PDF on containers.
And, DataCenterKnowledge points out NASA's cloud computing container was delivered by Cisco.
Cisco Containers Target Federal MarketMarch 15th, 2010 : Rich Miller
The data center container housing the NASA Nebula cloud computing application arrives at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.
It’s no surprise that Cisco Systems has confirmed that it is officially developing a data center container offering. In reality, Cisco (CSCO) has been busy in the container market for some time, most visibly in procuring a container for the Nebula cloud computing project at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The Nebula “data center in a box” was built inside a FOREST container from Verari Systems filled with Cisco Systems’ Unified Computing System (UCS).