Stop Talking, Start Scaling
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On the very tail end of Earth Day 2008, IBM introduced a new category of server that is designed to address the needs of companies and organizations which practice Web 2.0-style computing.
That is to say, those who operate massive data centers with tens of thousands of servers.
We call it the "iDataPlex."
But because it's small enough to fit into a semi-trailer (literally), I think I'll refer to it with some appropriate trucker lingo: a triple-digit ride.
For those of you who don't remember Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in "Smokey and the Bandit," a triple-digit ride is a trucking rig that can go over 100 mph.
Only think of this triple-digit ride as one that burns ethanol instead of diesel, and one for which you can roll down the windows rather than build a whole raised-floor room with the AC cranking to keep the microprocessors from melting down.
In other words -- and sorry, there's no trucking lingo for this that I'm aware of -- it's environmentally friendly.
Here's a fact: Companies operating mass-scale data centers typically spend 10 to 30 times more on energy costs per square foot than a typical office building.
iDataPlex is designed to help drive those costs down, as it more than doubles the number of systems that can run in a single IBM rack, and uses 40 percent less power while increasing the amount of computing that can be done by 5X.
But if you're looking for an envi
Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin'