Coming soon: servers in a sea can

HP plans to ship data centres in 40-foot shipping containers. The vendor’s Performance Optimized Data Centre (POD) will be built to order.

The PODs will support more than 3,500 compute nodes, or 12,000 large form factor drives, with infrastructure similar to that of 4,000 square-foot data centres.

Palo, Alto, Calif.-based HP says the container-based data centres will have gear from both HP and other vendors, and will ship within six weeks of customers’ orders.

Customers will be able to choose from a variety of servers and storage, such as HP BladeSystem c-Class servers, ProLiant BL2x220c blade servers (each with two independent servers) and StorageWorks Extreme Data Storage systems.

Users will be able to choose configurations optimized for either power or density.