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Aug 5 2010   6:36PM GMT

HP’s pre-fab Butterfly data center design claims cost savings

Matt Stansberry Matt Stansberry Profile: Matt Stansberry

HP’s new prefab housing style data center design might help companies roll out data center real estate quickly and cost effectively — if you buy into HP’s Flexible DC calculations.

HP compares construction and operations costs for a hypothetical Uptime Institute Tier III, 3.2 megawatt data center in Charlotte, NC. versus a comparable HP Flexible Data Center and said the Next-gen custom data center would cost $58 million to build, versus a cool $26 million for one of HP’s designs.

The HP Butterfly is based on a design that features a central core where IT admins work, with four server rooms forming the wings of the butterfly, and cooling and backup power infrastructure around the perimeter.

The concept allows data center planners to pick what features they want off of a limited menu of options. While one size won’t fit all needs, this offering can help companies who want a data center fast, and aren’t in the business of data center design.

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