Data Centers

Next Generation Data Center Infrastructure: ICE Cube Modular Data Center Overview and Features

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Executive Summary

This paper gives an overview and detailed features of ICE Cube, a self-contained, fully portable data center module. Seen as a compelling alternative to old data centers, the ICE Cube features extreme server and storage density of 17.5 petabytes in a compact 40' x 8' shipping container, highly efficient cooling and easy serviceability. By replacing old data centers with ICE Cube, organizations can greatly reduce their data center costs, deployment times and maintenance cost. Its self-contained cooling and leading Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) technologies make it easy to deploy ICE Cube in almost any location. Offered by Silicon Graphics International (SGI), ICE Cube offers high density in a small form factor through world class server, cabinet and power infrastructure, fields SGI's has proven its expertise in. ICE Cube is a highly efficient and reliable data centre module that makes use of SGI's award-winning, patented managed DC Power technology. Its unique cooling technology helps in reducing cooling costs by as much as 80% when compared with the traditional data center. This further helps to totally do away with the system-level fans, thus leading to further power reductions. ICE Cube is available in a choice of multiple layouts for different types of equipment as well as in hybrid layout for standard-depth systems.

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