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Italian energy explorer Eni's new system outside of Milan will scan for oil and gas reservoirs deep below the surface over thousands of miles. HPC4 is the only non-governmental and non-institutional computer on the Top 500 list.
The company says the deal will bolster its portfolio of large air handling solutions for free cooling for its data center customers, in addition to airports, hospitals, universities, and other critical commercial segments.
No doubt somebody somewhere is pitching an executive about the wonders of robotic IT staff or a data center completely run by HAL or IBM Watson. A better approach for data center managers is to gravitate toward the tangible, obvious implementations.
The company announced a 10MW facility in Buenos Aires with support from the government and a group of telco partners that serve the region. Cloud providers are increasingly targeting South America for data center expansion.