By San Francisco Business Times

Computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. said use of its new modular data centers can cut up front capital costs in half.

The Palo Alto business (NYSE: HPQ) also said the new type of data center is air-cooled rather than water-cooled, thus saving power and water.

HP describes the system as a ⿿butterfly⿝ design with four prefabricated quadrants. It⿿s pitching the product particularly at banks and finance businesses, which generate huge amounts of data and often need to increase their data center capacity quickly. This new type of center can be expanded quickly.

Components used in this flexible system are prefabricated and standardized, making building and expanding faster.

Data presented on a hypothetical 3.2 megawatt center by HP showed the modular design cut upfront costs by 55 percent ($58 million vs. $26 million), total annual energy cost by 14 percent and water costs by 89 percent.

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