Dell squeezes cloud into a shipping container
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Exclusive Sun Microsystems endured a lot of ribbing when it first popped out a data center in a shipping container. Now, however, it looks like all the majors are heading in that direction, including Dell, which The Register has learned has a containerized data center in development.
"We have (a container system) in the works for a customer," said a Dell insider. "We are looking at that space very, very closely."
According to multiple sources, Dell's container plans extend beyond a one-off box. So, Dell will join the likes of Sun, Rackable Systems and Verari that already have so-called White Trash Data Centers, and IBM, which plans to work its iDataPlex units into containers.
Initially, server makers pitched the containers as options for government customers, national labs and financial services types that needed a ton of horsepower but didn't want to shell out for a new data center. The Army, for example, could dump a data center in a container anywhere as long as it had power and water, and financial services types in New York could place these systems on the top of buildings, since they've run out of in-building space.
Microsoft recently took things to the next level by buying close to 200 containers to power its cloud.
Interestingly, Dell has been working with Liebert for some time around cooling, and there is some suspicion that Dell's container will use refrigerant based micro-channel coils with a refrigerant-to-water heat exchanger for external cooling connectivity. Those in the know also say it's unlikely that Dell will have a built-in uninterruptible power supply. That may not be such a big deal if Dell wants the Microsoft business, since Redmond's request for proposals didn't demand an integrated UPS or so we hear.
Based on all of this, it sounds a lot like Dell geared up a container for Microsoft's late April RFP.
And now let's get to that search darling.
RE: Matt Bryant - HP snob at work
Matty the HP fanboy at work again, after all he needs to do everything to make sure HP shifts it's boxes too. After all HP and DELL have so much in common, both are true box shifters compared with each other on price. Just build boxes in China, wrap some teeny tiny management stuffs and keeps keeps selling boxes. HP has no software story, no middleware - only management software, just enough necessary to keep selling boxes. Matty is now desperate with Sun keeping him busy with the new x86 boxes and T1/T2 - may be he hopes people will flock to HP if he can scare them off Sun - keep it up Matty boy. Great job !
RE: HP Snobbery
Would that be tiny amount of market share? Are we talking Dell x86 here (i.e., real market presence, just not a lot compared to HP) or Sun T1/T2 (i.e., tiny, tiny ickle figures)? Face it, even doubling next to nothing is still just about nothing.
RE: HP, where the heck are you in all of this?
You mean HP - who were outgrown in Market Share last quarter by this "Box Shifter"?
Gotta love the HP Snobbery on this website sometimes....