The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2011

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8. Data Center Containerization Continues

Spurred by customer interest in data centers which can be quickly configured and dropped into place, more options for pre-built data centers in shipping containers became available in 2011.

More vendors joined the market as well, including Cisco and its new 40-foot containerized data centers based on its UCS (Unified Computing System) technology.

Such data centers are finding themselves on military bases, in disaster zones, and even on casino rooftops. They are also starting to be deployed in purpose-built modular data centers where they can be ordered for specific customers or for general use.

Because they are pre-integrated before being trucked or flown to the customer site, data center containers can be built for efficiency. HP, for instance, claims its containerized data centers use up to 95 percent less electricity than equivalent traditional data center architectures.

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