The EcoPOD is also delivered with 500 TB of storage, along with SAN switches and networking equipment.
"This is a great example of HP's Converged Infrastructure, covering everything from facilities to networking to servers to software in a self-contained powerhouse unmatched in the industry," said Ken Gray, vice president of HP's IT Infrastructure team. "One of the biggest pain points we hear from our customers is how to add compute space quickly and cost effectively—EcoPODs address that."
Installation of a second EcoPOD is almost complete at a nearby data centre, and two more are under construction in Austin, Texas.
Company officials claim the EcoPOD can reduce energy use by 95% compared with traditional data centres. It has a PUE (power usage effectiveness) of 1.05, which means that for every watt used for processing, the EcoPOD only needs another 0.05 watt for cooling and other purposes. Traditional data centres have a PUE of 2.0 or more, although those built in the last few years have achieved PUEs around 1.2 or lower.
Methods used to improve the PUE of a data centre include running at higher air temperatures and using free air cooling unless the outside temperature is too high.