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.
First up today is about a data center in Phoenix covering its roof with solar panels. I love to see these solutions that give two benefits. Not only do you get the power but you also get the shading of the roof by the panels. A large flat roof is one of the worst offenders for absorbing heat. Shade the roof, reduce the heat infiltration, reduce the cooling need of the data center.
Second up is an article about optimizing servers for performance per watt. I agree that a rdiculously unbalanced server (CPU, memory, storage performance) will result in a seriously underperforming server for the amount of power consumed. I do disagree that the primary reason for idle CPUs in the data center is this imbalance. The primary reason for underutilized CPUs are dedicated servers running work loads of only 5-10%. The answer to that of course is virtualization.
Vern, SwiftWater Telecom