We began covering the Wild Server Project a week ago. This is an initiative where standard data center volume servers are set to run outdoors, with no artificial environmental protection whatsoever.
The operation of the data center represents the bulk of most Enterprise IT budgets. Most firms will attest that the composition of the annual IT budget is 80% for “keeping the lights on,” and only 20% for “projects” or “innovation.”
The initial Unit Under Test (UUT) for the Wild Server Project has successfully emerged from its first day in the wild. The HP DL 380 G4, named Ashley, is the inaugural test subject for the project, which aims to demonstrate how data center volume servers fare under completely uncontrolled environmental conditions.