HP Looks to Nature for Data Center of the Future

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 07-30-2006

When George Daniels looks at today's data centers, he sees an outdated model in desperate need of change.

The linear rows of rectangular boxes, cooled by large air conditioning units hanging along the walls, in many instances can no longer address the needs of the modern-day data center, where greater flexibility and more efficient power and cooling capabilities are in great demand, he said.

So when Daniels, general manager of Hewlett-Packard's Enterprise Design Center, and his team gathered in February to start talking about possible visions for the future data center—a project dubbed "Lights Out"—they turned away from the current model.

They instead looked to nature, seeking patterns that would help them break away from rectangular boxes. They looked at everything from honeycombs to seashells to roses.

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