Online auctioneer eBay has issued a public request for proposals on designs for a rooftop container installation that can accommodate up to 12 server-filled containers or an 8,000-square-foot data center the company is building in Phoenix. eBay is just the latest of a growing number of companies using containers in modular data center design.
Eight companies have already been selected to compete for the job. Another 22 submissions have met the submission requirements for the facility, which will feature 4 megawatts of power capacity. One major goal of the design is to provide year-round free cooling despite the temperatures in Phoenix, says Data Center Knowledge.