I am doing some work on understanding the size of the market for Data Center Scale systems. Sytems like SGI (Rackable) Ice Cube, Verari’s FOREST, HP’s POD, Sun’s Container and AST-Global’s dual container solution. Talking around the market my sense is that although the unit value is quite high ($4-$6M per container) the volumes are quite small, perhaps as few as a hundred shipped in the global market?
I have a few questions for readers of The Hot Aisle:
Have I covered every vendor who has a Data Center Scale offering – that is a module, pod or container that contains everything it needs to operate (except for engines, chilled water or air, UPS and other plant)?
How big do you think the market is for these as commercial offerings? Are we talking tens, hundreds, thousands or even more?
What are the use cases for deployment of these large Data Center Scale units? We know Microsoft uses some for BING and Google makes it’s own. Who else is out there leveraging the economies of scale?
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