Sun Unveils Data Centers in a BoxBy Jeffrey Burt | Posted 10-17-2006
Sun Microsystems believes the answer to some of the problems of power, cooling and speed of IT deployment in enterprise data centers could be found in a standard shipping container.
Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz and other company officials on Oct. 17 will unveil Sun's Project Blackbox, an initiative in which all the technology that an enterprise might need for a 10,000-square-foot data center can be fitted and delivered in a shipping box that is commonly seen on the backs of tractor-trailers rolling down the highway.
The concept is aimed at businesses that have run out of room in their data centerseither because of a lack of space or because they can't bring additional power into their facilitiesbut still need more compute power.
In addition, one storage-focused container can provide up to 2 petabytes of storage, according to Sun Chief Marketing Officer Anil Gadre. A container also can offer up to 15TB of memory.
The compact design's floor space is about a third the size of a traditional 10,000-square-foot data center. Thanks in large part to the chilled-water cooling technology, it saves up to 20 percent in power and cooling costs and can be deployed about 10 times faster, sometimes in a matter of weeks.
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