Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) plans to create Container Computer 1.0, a set of standards for building data centers inside 20-foot shipping containers. ITRI researchers say the standardized container data center will cost about half of today's systems, will require less energy, and will be easier to use. "We hope to have a prototype available by the end of the year," says ITRI researcher Chiueh Tzi-cker.
The ITRI initiative aims to make containerized data centers a standardized product, similar to the way standardization has cut the price of personal computers. The researchers also plan to create Cloud Operating System 1.0, an operating system for the data centers that also will include a package of third-party programs.
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