HP just announced their 20 foot Performance-optimized Data Center POD.
HP POD is ideal for any enterprise customer requiring rapid white space growth
- Quickly create data center space and deploy IT using HP Factory Express rack integration
- Designed to support requirements for N+N power redundancy
- Pay as you grow to minimize up front capital outlay - add additional HP PODs as you need more data center space
- Decrease operating expenses through better energy efficiency with PUEs as low as 1.25
More technical specs are here.
Is this the future of cloud computing data centers? At numbers that are $2 million per MW of physical data center space before power and chiller plant, it will be interesting to see who buys the HP POD.
It makes sense to consider a hybrid site that could hook up power, water and network to containers, then another space that is the traditional data center space for equipment.
Maybe on my next trip to the bay area (next week), I should try and stop by HP. I know the PR team has offered to set up a meeting with the HP container design engineers. The total costs for a 2 MW data center build out would be interesting to discuss.