There are many reasons that a company or institution might need to move a large computer system. New equipment might necessitate the currently installed systems being relocated within the same data center to provide space. Leases expire, facilities close, corporate headquarters move, grants end, and new data centers are built making it either necessary or desirable to move a system or a data center to a new location. Whatever the reason, moving a large HPC installation is a massive undertaking that can fall anywhere between a nightmarish disaster to a relatively painless process.
The High Performance Computing Market overcame a poor 2009 with a 22 percent growth in 2010. Both IDC and Intersect360 Research predict a consistent 7% growth for the next 5 years reaching a $36B market by 2015. (Image: IDC - HPC Market Share)