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A Closer Look at HP’s EcoPOD

Datacenter Knowledge takes a closer look at HP’s newly announced EcoPOD, an updated version of its modular Performance Optimized Datacenter that expands its capacity with a “double-wide” design that joins two 40-foot containers. The 900-square foot enclosure, which HP says can operate with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating  of 1.05 to 1.30, features a cooling system that can automatically adjust its operations based IT load and climate. Depending on environmental conditions and IT load, the cooling system automatically adjusts to use ambient air where possible, switching to direct expansion cooling mode when it is too warm to use outside air.

“The new modular offering features a server room on its lower level, with cooling equipment sitting atop the modular. Air can enter the unit through either side of the cooling unit, which also features Direct Expansion (DX) cooling. The system automatically adjusts to use ambient air where possible, switching to direct expansion cooling mode when it is too warm to use outside air.

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