2Have Data Center, Will Travel
3Its Rather Cozy Inside
Inside, there are walkways in front and behind the 10 standard-size (19-inch-wide) racks for servers and storage arrays. At the far end of the aisle is the control closet. Fans in the ceiling (at top left) swing down for maintenance. Air is pushed from the ceiling down through the IT equipment and out the vents on the back side.
4Beware of Hot Air
5These Wont Stay Empty for Long
7It Survived a Parking Lot in Hot, Humid Houston
There are four multispeed fans for each of the 10 racks in the POD’s ceiling. They continually blow the heated air back through the servers to the other side of the unit, where it is cooled down and recirculated. One of HP’s test PODs was located in a parking lot at the company’s Houston campus, where the hot, humid weather is very harsh in the summer and fall. No problems due to weather were reported.
9This Is Where the Lifeline Comes In
10Cool Water In, Warm Water Out
11A Quick Fix for Data Center Expansion
This information slide indicates that data center capacity expansion is the most frequently specified reason (40 percent of the time) for purchasing a portable IT system like the POD, according to HP. Scaling out of a data center is the reasons specified 30 percent of the time; custom military or telecom use is the need in 20 percent of orders; and disaster recovery takes up the rear at 10 percent.