Microsoft may be giving the nascent portable data center market a lift.Data Center Knowledge via Slashdot connects a few dots--including a some from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley--to conclude that Microsoft may be an early adopter of the portable data centers championed by Sun (right), Rackable and others. These data center in a box concepts have gotten a decent amount of press, but few actual customers. Microsoft would be a helluva reference customer.Data Center Knowledge writes:
"The portable data center trend could get a huge boost from Microsoft, where an architect of the Windows Live Core team is advocating unmanned container-based commodity data centers as the future of data center infrastructure. Microsoft's James Hamilton has made two presentations recently discussing modular data centers' ability to provide economies of scale for Software as a Service (SaaS).
Hamilton's presentation outlined the following advantages for portable data centers (photos below are from Hamilton's presentation).
Data Center Module
Increased cooling efficiency
Bring your own data center shell