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PODs and Hovercraft

Outside of my window, they're pouring the cement on the bays where future HP PODs will be tested.  Here are some pics.

A POD (Performance-Optimized Data center) is a 40-foot container filled with servers, storage, and other IT gear.   HP can build & ship one of these in just 6 weeks.

The large black rectangle in the middle of the first two pics is where PODs will get tested, once they're filled with gear.  Each yellow U-shaped bar will be the end of a 'bay' that supports a container.  So up to 5 will fit into this structure at a time.

Near one edge of the floor, you can see a series of metal pipes sticking up in the ground.  These provide connections for power and chilled water from the two buildings you can see bordering the bays. 

I'm still waiting for my turn to drive the little hovercraft machine they're using to smooth the concrete:

Here's a video of Steve Cumings giving a tour inside a POD.

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