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HP has been dabbling in containerized data centers since the summer of 2008, and is now taking the idea seriously enough to punch a few holes in the walls of its Houston PC and server factory and create an assembly line dedicated to pumping out its Performance Optimized Datacenters — aka PODs. The PODs are based on standard 20- …

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Costly but has Apple approved the name?

The container data center as stated has been around for some time and its benefits are pretty well understood and this is an interesting commitment by HP to the concept however it does seem that the price of 1.5 million per container sans any actual equipment seems a bit high but this is probably just the list price and subject to discount once you fill it with HP goodies.

But the real problem as we all know is that the letter "i" now is brought to us by Apple and the word "POD" in any form or usage now according to Apple belongs to them and we can all easily see how a multi-ton 20 foot long container can be confused with a hand held portable media device.

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Whats the comprehensive insurance costs for those trailers?

or are they TPFT only?

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I expect the demand for them will increase.

Not that they will necessarily get a lot of use. Here in the US the workings of various federal laws mean that pretty much any company over 500 employees has to have a disaster recovery plan, and as part of that disaster plan you more or less have to contract with someone to provide you with containerized data centers to rebuild your business for continuity operations. Which means at the very least the companies providing those insurance plans have to buy the containers and outfit them with gear.

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