Hewlett-Packard has signed on Purdue University to use its containerized data center system in a deployment that will see the university expand its research capabilities.

Known for its leading research efforts into such areas as nanotechnology, structural biology and atmospheric chemistry, Purdue has put in place an ambitious plan to double its current capabilities. To achieve that goal, the university has been adding server clusters to its data center every summer for the last three years.

With increasing constraints on space limitations as well as power and budget considerations, the university said it decided to evaluate HP’s POD (Performance-optimized Data Center) container strategy along with other options such as co-location. In the end, it decided the POD option best met its requirements.

“With the HP POD, we’ll deploy an entire new data center in a matter of months at a fraction of the cost of a traditional data center, while being able to support all of our current, as well as anticipated research initiatives,” John Campbell, Purdue’s associate vice president of academic technologies, said in a statement.

 HP introduced its first 40-foot POD in 2008 and earlier this year launched a 20-foot version.



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