Now Where Did I Put Those Tiny Servers ...

<img src="/sites/datacenterknowledge.com/files/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/powerhouse-2.jpg" width="470" height="353" /> It's not always easy lugging 30-ton data center containers around to trade shows, and not all expo floors have space to accommodate them. To adapt, vendors are shrinking the container to fit on a table-top.

A scale model of the Power House container from Active Power, which houses mechanical and electrical equipment to support either portable or traditional data centers.

The expo floors at last year's Gartner Data Center Conference featured the Battle of the Data Center Containers, as the trade show floor was framed by three 40-foot containers from IBM, SGI and HP. But it's not always easy lugging 30 to 40-ton containers around, and not all trade shows have space to accommodate them. To adapt, vendors are shrinking the container to fit on a table-top.

At Tuesday's DatacenterDynamics Washington DC event, both HP and Active Power displayed scale models of their containerized products. These displays were small enough to live in a trade show booth but big enough to provide a sense of the design and features of the products. HP showed off its Performance-Optimized Data Center (HP-POD) while flywheel specialist Active Power had a scale model of its Power House to house power and cooling support equipment.

Here are some additional pictures of the displays from the DataCenterDynamics Washington event. For more news about data center containers, visit our Containers Channel or see our feature Inside The Box: Container Video Tours.

The HP booth at the DataCenterDynamics show featured a table-top model of the HP-POD, which opened to provide a look inside the container.

The Power House model opened to provide both side and overhead views of the layout of the interior.

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