Hewlett-Packard (HP) is pitching the use of prefabricated buildings as a way to cut the upfront cost of designing and constructing a data center in half, while having the added bonus of consuming less energy.
"Most people don't realize how expensive and how complicated data centers are," says Peter Gross, vice president and general manage of HP's Critical Facilities Services division. "To build a typical enterprise data center, for a midsize bank for instance, you're going to spend between $40 million and $100 million before the first server is even installed."
HP says it's Flexible Data Center offers a standardized, modular approach to designing and building data centers, and can be expanded as needed. It's based on a "butterfly" design featuring four prefabcricated quadrants, or modules, that branch off from a central administrative hub.
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