I've poked around some during the past two months, trying to get a read on whether or not companies are actually buying the data center containers or "pods" that several of the larger high-tech systems vendors have been piloting this year. So far, the biggest evangelist on the customer side that I can find is still Microsoft (this story provides a good overview of that), but I found it interesting that one of the manufacturers, Verari Systems, has even gone so far to find a design and deployment partners for its production.
The company struck a deal in late October with PTS Data Center Solutions, which describes itself as a turnkey data center solutions provide. The arrangement calls for it to support Verari's Forest Container data center technology, which can house more than 2,000 blade servers or roughly 12 petabytes of blade-based storage. The modular line is based on Verari's BladeRack 2 X-Series and its Vertical Cooling Technology.