In this week's issue of InfoWorld, there is a feature
on 12 "crackpot" ideas that could potentially transform the
enterprise. According to InfoWorld, "These technologies straddle the divide
between harebrained and brilliant as they promise to shake the pillars
of tomorrow's enterprise."
InfoWorld has found our Project
Blackbox as one of these brilliant ideas. Here is what Martin
Heller has to say:
"A portable datacenter may seem like pie in the sky, but in fact,
Sun Microsystems has already constructed it. Whether Project Blackbox, which Sun calls the
first virtualized datacenter, catches on remains to be seen, but for
some, the concept is compelling.
a 20-foot shipping container; provide it with integrated cooling,
networking, and power distribution; add external hookups for hot and
cold water, 208-volt three-phase AC power, and Ethernet networking;
integrate sensors, alarms, and GPS; fill its eight 19-inch
shock-tolerant racks with servers -- either 120 Sun Fire T2000 servers
or 250 Sun Fire T1000 systems -- and you've got one or two thousand
processor cores, 7TB of memory, and more than 2PB of storage. Connect
them all as a grid, for simplicity.
to Sun, this configuration can support 10,000 simultaneous desktops
without requiring an administrator, and it can be located almost
anywhere: on a rooftop, in a parking garage, in a secure warehouse. It
can be delivered rapidly, even to theaters of operation or catastrophe
areas. What's more, Sun claims that a Project Blackbox datacenter is a
tenth the price of a standard datacenter and that it can be turned on
and configured in a day.
So if you
find yourself unable to build or power or cool a datacenter fast enough
to keep up with your enterprise's growth, or you're in need of a server
farm on the go or at a hard-to-reach outpost such as an oil rig, you
may find yourself in the market for this deliverable soon."