Data Storage: HP Bids for Wider Market with Half-Size Portable Data Center

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-02-03 Print this article Print
HP Bids for Wider Market with Half-Size Portable Data Center

HP Bids for Wider Market with Half-Size Portable Data Center

by Chris Preimesberger
Hewlett-Packard, like any Tier 1 IT supplier, listens to what its customers—and potential customers—say. Back in July 2008, the company introduced its first portable data center product, the 40-foot, 22-rack, railcar-sized POD (Performance-Optimized Datacenter) because that size was the one most potential customers were interested in at the time. At a cost of $1.2 million apiece, only the largest enterprises could afford one. On Feb. 2, 2010, HP introduced a half-sized alternative to the big one—a 20-foot POD that might fit budgets better with a price tag of $600,000. The company claims that there's a lot of interest in this smaller-sized portable IT system that can operate anywhere there is power or some kind of coolant, as needed. This eWEEK slide show reveals some of the details of what's in the box.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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