HP POD 240a EcoPOD

, posted: 7-Jun-2011 10:29

During the HP Discover 2011 HP announced the HP POD 240a EcoPOD, saying it is "the world's most efficient data center."

Unlike traditional brick and mortar data centers, the HP POD 240a packs ten times the IT capacity into a compact, modular, ultra efficient package:

Lightning fast deployment - up to 88% faster
A quarter of the cost - up to 75% savings
Near perfect energy efficiency - up to 95% less energy

Here is the press release:


HP today unveiled the world's most efficient modular data centre that can be deployed faster than any competitive offering - in just 12 weeks - and at a quarter of the cost when compared to a traditional brick-and-mortar data centre.

Utilising 95 percent less facilities energy, the HP POD 240a, also referred to as the ?HP EcoPOD,? extends HP's leadership in modular data centres and represents a new class in the company's family of HP Performance Optimised Data Centres (PODs).

The HP EcoPOD exemplifies decades of real-world experience and the most advanced engineering in the industry from HP. Built on HP Converged Infrastructure, the turnkey solution and services provide clients that are currently burdened with aging infrastructure, limited space and shrinking budgets the agility needed to rapidly scale and meet increasing capacity demands.

Ideal for data centre expansion, new capacity and disaster recovery, or as temporary capacity during data centre renovations, the HP EcoPOD delivers maximum density with a no-compromise approach to serviceability.

The HP EcoPOD streamlines a 10,000-square-foot data centre into a compact, modular package in one-tenth the space. It provides a traditional data centre service model while housing up to 44 industry standard racks of IT equipment and more than 4,400 servers. The technology is accessible via two cold aisles or a shared eight-foot hot aisle for streamlined serviceability.

Unique HP Adaptive Cooling technology developed in part by HP Labs, the company's central research facility, enables clients to intelligently optimise energy savings based on IT load, climate and policy by automatically adjusting cooling methods, including using outside air. As a result, clients can reduce energy use by 95 percent when compared to a traditional facility.

Additionally, the HP EcoPOD Environmental Control System provides comprehensive management, automation and integration. With powerful remote access capabilities, it is simple, programmable and extensible to existing building control systems.

?The revolutionary, low-cost, modular approach to data centres will dramatically increase our compute power while using one-tenth of the typical data centre space,? said Laura Patterson, chief information officer, University of Michigan.

?The compelling energy savings demonstrates reducing operating costs can be done in a sustainable way, which is a top priority of our campus.

?Constrained by budget, power and space limitations, customers need a cost-efficient, modular computing environment that can be quickly deployed,? said Michelle Bailey, vice president, Research, IDC. ?The new HP EcoPOD addresses key requirements that make modular data centres a more attractive option to a broader set of customers, industries and usage models

The highly efficient, modular HP EcoPOD enables clients to:

- Speed time to value by 88 percent with HP POD-Works. The world's first assembly facility for accelerating delivery of modular data centres provides clients a fully integrated, pretested HP EcoPOD in as little as 12 weeks. Traditional data centres can take two years or more to plan, build and deploy.

- Reduce capital investment costs by up to 75 percent. The HP EcoPod offers a unique, modular design and turnkey solution approach that can result in as much as $24.7 million savings for clients, compared with building a traditional 1.2-megawatt data centre.

- Decrease facilities energy costs by up to 95 percent utilising HP Adaptive Cooling technology with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) as low as 1.05, compared to a PUE of 2.0 or more for a Customers gain a faster return on their investment through HP's comprehensive life cycle services that include planning, design, onsite support and simplified service support management.

HP EcoPOD availability The HP EcoPOD will be available in Australia and New Zealand towards the end of the year.

HP Converged Infrastructure is a key element to an Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with whatever they need, instantly.

HP's premier client event, HP DISCOVER, takes place June 6 - 10 in Las Vegas and Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 in Vienna, Austria. The event showcases how organisations can get started on their Instant-On Enterprise journeys.

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