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Will HP's Butterfly have the desired Effect?

By David Chernicoff | July 28, 2010, 11:59am PDTThe "butterfly effect" is a term drawn from science fiction time travel stories that refers to how a seemingly minor change can have major repercussions down the line. With the introduction of their new modular datacenters and their "butterfly" shape, it looks like HP is hoping to change the way future datacenters are designed.Called the HP Flexible Datacenter the goal is to deliver greenfield datacenters at a significant reduction in cost and take advantage of the latest in energy efficiency and cooling technologies. The butterfly shape of the datacenter comes from the design with a central support core being the body and the lobes of the butterfly wings being individual  modular datacenter quadrants each capable of supporting 800 kilowatts of energy demand, allow each modular structure to deliver 3.2 megawatts of IT power.The butterfly can make use of the latest in cooling technologies, utilize environmental cooling…