For instance, in Los Angeles, using a temperature range of 59 degrees to 89 degrees Fahrenheit, the data center can run on filtered free air, without use of the air conditioning system, for about 95 percent of the year. One megawatt of use, priced at 8 cents per kilowatt-hour, would cost about $736,000 annually. The EcoPOD can support 2.3 megawatts.
"This is actually designed to help a customer decide what temperature he is going to run it at," Vinson said.
HP believes the main users of its modular data centers will be companies seeking to add capacity.
Christian Wheeler, a IT architect with HP reseller Matrix Integration, estimates that the pods can be bought and installed for about a third of the cost of building a data center from scratch.
A cutaway section of Hewlett-Packard's prefabricated modular data center called the EcoPOD was on display at the company's user conference in Las Vegas last week. (Photo by Patrick Thibodeau)
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