An OpenStack Cloud in the Parking Lot

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You may see all manner of vehicles as you search for a parking spot when you arrive at work in the morning. But you may not expect to encounter a cloud. At Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, the company has used space in one of its parking lots of house a Dell Modular Data Center (MDC), which will house Dell’s OpenStack-powered cloud computing platform and Apache Hadoop solutions for customers to test-drive. It’s an interesting example of how modular units can allow companies to use available space on corporate camouses to expand their IT operations. Barton George has more details and photos at Barton’s Blog.

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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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