The HP POD: 90 Degrees in the Cold Aisle

At the Gartner Data Center Conference, we got a tour of the HP POD (Performance Optimized Datacenter), which is HP’s entry in the data center container market. HP’s Steve Cumings walked us through the container and some of its features, including the ability to maintain the cold aisle at temperatures as high as 90 degrees, which is significantly warmer than the 68 to 72 degrees seen in traditional data centers. The POD features taller-than-usual 50U racks to separate and contain the hot and cold aisles. In this video, Cumings outlines HP’s approach to the container’s design, as well as the economics of containers versus traditional brick-and-mortar data centers. This video runs about 8 minutes, 30 seconds.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. mark

    When he said that it is more efficient at 90 degrees, was he referring to the pod's cooling systems, or the actual servers themselves?

  2. Anyone know approximately how much? He mentions just under the equivalent of what it would cost to build brick and mortar.

  3. mb

    RE: When he said that it is more efficient at 90 degrees, was he referring to the pod’s cooling systems, or the actual servers themselves? he is speaking to the servers ability to perform at 90 degrees F. HP test and certifies their hardware to operate at 90 degrees F.