Data Center in a Box from Sun

Here's one of the stranger product announcements we've seen lately. Some time next year, enterprises will be able to call up Sun and order a portable data center.

 

The "Black Box" is described as a complete data center in a shipping container. Benefits: space and cost savings and a 90 percent reduction in installation time, compared to a normal data center. Hardware: 250 Niagara or x64 servers, with 1.5 petabytes of storage capacity.

 

Sun says that, though they could technically be portable, it doesn't expect customers will move the Black Boxes around. Rather, they could be ideal for positioning in the parking lot or on the roof. Just add water -- for the on-board cooling system -- and power, and start computing.

 

Three models will be offered, for Web servers, storage and high-performance computing.

 

Steven Harris, director of data center planning for Forsythe Solutions Group, recently explained in an IT Business Edge interview how to decide between retrofitting a data center or starting from scratch. Perhaps the Black Box will become the new middle ground.



Add Comment      Leave a comment on this blog post

Post a comment

 

 

 

 


(Maximum characters: 1200). You have 1200 characters left.

 

 

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.


 

Resource centers

Business Intelligence

Business performance information for strategic and operational decision-making

SOA

SOA uses interoperable services grouped around business processes to ease data integration

Data Warehousing

Data warehousing helps companies make sense of their operational data