HP has been promoting their containerized datacenter solution as a ‘cloud computing’ solution, implying that this is a datacenter virtualization product as well, even though it is primarily infrastructure and the computers, disks and tape storage devices are all extra. I put together the basic statistics on the HP POD for you.
The HP’s Solution: The Performance Optimized Datacenter (POD)
Containerized datacenters. Take a standard shipping container, outfit it as a datacenter and sell it to the customer as a turn-key, instant-on solution to the problem of providing physical space, power and cooling for equipment. Microsoft proposed this and demonstrated it at a trade show in 2007. HP and Sun have also built commercial products for sale.
I spent this afternoon looking at Sun’s Project Blackbox which Sun is heavily marketing using the Internet Archive for one of their customer testimonials.
Here’s Sun’s solution: Project Blackbox