HP has announced a container-based data centre offering that enables
customers around the globe to rapidly expand their data centre capacity in
support of their IT and business growth.

Keeping pace with the demands of technology growth in the data centre and
rising energy costs is a constant challenge as companies seek to deploy the
latest technologies. The extended time and significant costs required to
update or expand data centres make these challenges even more complex.
As the first offering of its kind designed specifically to deliver a wide
range of industry-standard technology, the HP Performance Optimized Data
Center (HP POD) addresses these challenges by:
* Supporting a wide variety of HP and third-party technology, providing
customers with more freedom to match their technology environments.
* Providing customers with more density than competitive offerings by
supporting more than 3 500 compute nodes, or 12 000 large-form-factor hard
drives, in a 40-foot shipping container.
* Delivering the equivalent of 4 000-plus square feet of typical data center
capacity that ships within eight weeks of the customer's order.
* Offering flexible configurations optimised for power or density, which
enables customers to quickly upgrade or extend the capacity of their
physical infrastructures to meet their specific business needs.
* Providing HP POD Infrastructure Services, including assessment,
preparation and deployment services, as well as data centre design and
planning through EYP Mission Critical Facilities, a company of HP.
"Customers have more flexibility to balance their capital expenditures and
operating expenses while quickly and seamlessly meeting their needs for
additional capacity with HP PODs," says Christine Martino, vice-president
and GM: Scalable Computing and Infrastructure Organization, HP.