I had a few minutes to kill and thought “Is there anything I should blog about?” Then suddenly I realized I walked through one of the HP compute pods yesterday and didn’t even mention it on here.
The concept of compute pods have been around for a while, but for HP they are definitely entering the mainstream. Performance optimized data centers (PODS) have some real benefits when compared to having to build a new bricks and mortar data center. It sounds like they have quite a few under construction at any one time and they're cranking them out on a regular basis to locations all over the world.
There are a number of different sizes of containerized data centers as well as a nearly infinite number of configurations. I walked through the smallest and most modern variation. They pulled it into the parking lot where it was hooked up to an external generator. I am not sure what they did for the network connection.
PODs have a few major advantages:
1. Rapid optimized growth - New data center space that can be up and running in a fraction of the time of traditional data center build-outs
- The HP POD can ship in as little as 6 weeks
- Factory Express provides services for complete rack integration, testing and installation in the POD
- The HP POD can ship directly to a customer site already fully loaded with integrated and tested racks
- Add PODs as you need additional data center capacity saving up-front capital expenditures
- Rapid deployment and commissioning at the customer site.
2. High density - The HP POD is optimized to efficiently support high density IT deployments
- Provides 700kW per sq ft power capacity
- Delivers the equivalent of 5,000 sq ft of data center space in a 40ft/12m HP POD
- Average 27kW per 50U rack (max rack capacity 34kW)
- Designed to support up to five c7000 Blade Enclosures per rack
3. Flexible design - The flexible HP POD design supports a variety of different applications
- Available in 20ft/6m and 40ft/12m sizes
- Industry standard racks support HP and other brands of IT designed for front-to-back airflow
- Dual path power busway design allows for either redundant or non-redundant configurations
- Wide variety of options to allow customers to customize features
- Weatherized design allows for installation either outside or inside a shelter
4. Energy efficiency - HP POD is designed for state of the art data center energy efficiency
- Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio as low as 1.25
- Allows for warmer cold aisle temperatures due to closely-coupled cooling design
- No ducting or under floor routing required for cold air circulation
- Optimized for high efficiency delivering 3-phase power through the HP POD and 240V within racks