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Intel enters Portable Data Centres market

Chip manufacturer Intel (opens in new tab) has annonced that it is going to launch a new range of portable data centres in the latest issue of its Premier IT Magazine.

Intel will join the likes of Rackable and Sun Microsystems (opens in new tab) who have already announced similar projects.

Google is also rumoured to consider building its own portable data centres to house its in-house servers.

The move comes as the prices of building Data centres has been surging, with price tags hovering between USD 40 million and USD 60 million.

Intel says that placing high density servers on racks in a container similar to those found on ships and trucks would provide with a sensible solution in order to reduce cost and availability issues.

Martin Menard, the director of Inte's Platform Capability Group argues that such structures would make brick and mortar data centers redundant, nearly halving the cost of building a similar solution compared to traditional data centres.

Two unique advantages that PDCs have are the fact that they can be deployed over night and that they don't necessitate as much paper work to be filled as you are parking rather than building a data centre.

However, there are several other issues to be considered as well. Securing, transporting, supporting and cooling those PDCs present designers with a new set of problems to be resolved.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.