HP today announced it has completed installation of an HP EcoPOD at its Alpharetta, Ga., next-generation data center (NGDC), extending the company’s leadership in energy efficiency.
The HP EcoPOD—the world’s most-efficient data center—is located on-site and expands the compute space of one of the HP data centers that was a part of the company’s original transformation to consolidate 85 internal IT data centers worldwide to six NGDCs in the United States.
Fully populated, the 40-foot HP EcoPOD will hold 2,000 new HP ProLiant and HP Integrity servers, the compute-capacity equivalent to approximately 20,000 square feet of the company’s existing NGDC space.
“This is a great example of HP’s Converged Infrastructure, covering everything from facilities to networking to servers to software in a self-contained powerhouse unmatched in the industry,” said Ken Gray, vice president IT Infrastructure team. “One of the biggest pain points we hear from our customers is how to add compute space quickly and cost effectively—EcoPODs address that.”
HP also is nearing completion of the installation of a 40-foot HP EcoPOD in a second Atlanta-area data center operated by the HP IT organization, this one in Suwannee, Ga. HP EcoPODs also are under construction at the two data centers in Austin, Texas.
I remain a fan of the HP EcoPOD as a concept, not only as a data center which can be deployed on site to meet organization needs for extra capacity, but also as a platform for data center and infrastructure renewal, a VOD offering. Being able to deploy in region or between sites to aid in hardware remediation or virtualization projects, where we can use it as the buffer to keep the lights on for the core services and applications whilst we upgrade, consolidate and virtualize the infrastructure to reduce cost, improve performance and transform stability. It’s great to read about usage cases and understand the business drivers behind their deployment, I’m off to check out more on the HP site. The demo lives here, the specs are here.
Category: Data Center