Over at Datacenter Knowledge, Rich Miller writes that eBay’s new data center in Utah features advanced data center modules to deploy high-density servers.
Dell collaborated with eBay on a new EPIC module that the companies say is the world’s densest modular design. Packing 1 megawatt of IT capacity into 24 50kW racks, the Dell EPIC module is cooled solely by fresh air and evaporative cooling.
Meanwhile, HP says a new EcoPod module developed with eBay is the largest single-module deployment ever, with 44 racks of gear offering 1.4 megawatts of power capacity. The EcoPod offers additional capacity by using a “double-wide” design that joins two 40-foot containers, and can use outside air in its cooling system.
We’ve come a long way since Sun pioneered this technology with Project Black Box. And while I think it is fascinating to see the evolution of these modular datacenters, they still have not gotten much traction in the HPC space.
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