The ‘Minority Report’ Data Center Demo

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A look at the 12-foot by 7-foot touch screen data center demo created by io Data Centers.

Instead of hauling a 40-foot long modular data center to a trade show, i/o Data Centers is taking a high-tech approach to customer tours of its i/o Anywhere modular data center. Thel i/o team has created a 12-foot by 7-foot touchscreen video wall to provide interactive tours of the company’s facilities. Selecting a “hot spot” pops up a virtual data center, complete with cross sections and product info, following the concept of the touch screens in the sci-fi movie “Minority Report.” You can see the technology at work in this video demo from Jason Ferrara of i/o Data Centers. This video runs about 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

i/o Data Center has also used Microsoft Surface to create a table-top data center tour. Some providers have used scaled-down models to provide an overview of their container products at conferences. And yes, sometimes companies bring the real life-size, multi-ton container onto a conference expo floor.

For additional video, check out our DCK video archive and the Data Center Videos channel on YouTube.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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. It is not Minority Report at all. If they had used g-speak from, then it would be minority report. The oblong folks created the user interface for the Minority Report movie.