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I've seen quite a few write ups regarding this beast and seen the videos, so it would be nice to get a chance to check it out while it's here.

Sun blade box plenty of power fast

John Sterlicchi | August 21, 2007

ONE container arriving at Sydney's docks just before Christmas won't contain toys or other festive season delights. Rather, it will be full of servers, storage and cables to create what is probably the ultimate modular, portable data centre.


Sun's Blackbox data centre delivers computing power on the go

From December 18-20, Sydney will be the final stop on a world tour of Sun's Project Blackbox data centre - an innovation Sun believes will answer the prayers of many a chief information officer who needs a chunk of computing power in a hurry.

Housed in a 6m by 2.5m by 2.5m standard-sized steel container can be about 250 Sun Fire blade servers and as much as 1.5PB of disk storage, 2PB of tape storage, and 7TB of RAM.

The container just needs to be positioned next to a power source to run the equipment and the cooling system, a water source for the cooling, and a network cable, and it is ready for business.

Additionally, a shock absorption system enables transportation by standard shipping.

Sun says the container can withstand a 1.6m drop on to concrete without damage to the contents, and the company tested it in a simulated 6.7 magnitude earthquake.

The Blackbox survived the shaker with minor damage and continued functioning. The video is on YouTube (

To date the company has been coy about naming customers that might be interested in acquiring a Blackbox, which has a price tag in the region of $US500,000, but Project Blackbox marketing vice-president Darlene Yaplee says there is strong interest across industries and globally.

Sun reckons Project Blackbox will cost a hundredth of the initial cost of a traditional 10,000sqft data centre.

more at source...

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 12:27 PM Real Cool Stuff | Back to top

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