Tuesday Jan 29, 2008

Customers line up for data center in a shipping container


Today we announced new customers for Sun Modular Datacenter S20, widely known as Project Blackbox. These new implementations for Hansen Transmissions, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (UMCN), Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) and a second unit at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) highlight the global demand for Project Blackbox -- a virtualized, modular datacenter housed in an enhanced 20-foot shipping container.

"We have found that it has broad applicability," notes Sun VP for Integrated Platforms Darlene Yaplee. "We have seen different examples of customers using the data center in different ways. It's not just one segment. What we are hearing from our customers is that many of them are growing out of their current data center space and they are looking for a high density solution that is eco-efficient."

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Project Blackbox

Tuesday Feb 20, 2007

ServerWatch Tip of the Trade: Stuffing Containers on Solaris 10


ServerWatch posted a positive tutorial about using Solaris Containers as a strong alternative to virtualization for software development. The reviewer, Carla Schroder, provides an overview of Solaris Containers, followed by a how-to for installing and running individual web servers on each instance of the containers.

Carla specifically highlights the performance of the containers, "Sun's GUI control panel for Containers is good. Creating, provisioning and destroying Containers is pretty easy. Performance is exceptional — while there are some high-availability tweaks that you get only with genuine Sun hardware, it's still a screamer on x86-64."

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