Wednesday data center tidbits.

First up this morning is the news about HP’s new 20 foot data center container and here. Let’s do a little math on this. This container is $600,000 for 500U of space. Just space, no IT equipment, no cooling, no power gear, just a steel box with racks. That’s $1200 per 1U. I’m pretty sure I can rehab enough conventional floor space for 500U of equipment for FAR less than $1200 per 1U. Overpriced doesn’t begin to describe it.

Next up is Intel building 8 huge solar power arrays, 3 of which are in Oregon, which is surprising, given that Oregon touts the tremendous amount of dirt cheap hydro power they have. There’s really no better use for the wasted space of a flat building roof.


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