Sun Modular Data Center (Project Blackbox) visits the Pentagon and the US DoD (with photos)

The Sun Modular Data Center (aka Project Blackbox) is on a nationwide tour.  It spent part of last week in the Washington D. C area.  It had stops in northwest DC, two days at the Pentagon and Sun's Annapolis Junction office (near Ft. Meade and the National Security Agency).  This week it's traveling to Ft. Monmouth.

Check out the tour schedule to see if it's coming to a world-wide location near you.  It also won an award at the Federal Office System Exhibition for Best in show (category: Other, I guess there was no specific category for large transportable data centers ;>)

They don't like you taking pictures of the Pentagon.  Because I respect guards with large caliber weapons, these photos are taken with my back to the Pentagon south wall.  The truck (with its operational data center, chiller and generator) were parked in the south parking lot within a couple hundred feet of the building.  We had quite a few visitors over two days including a 3-star general.  At least once we saw the SecDef drive by, and I heard on the news that the President was in the building that day being briefed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He didn't stop by to say "Hi," however.

We received some powerful feedback including comments such as, "I could have used about 30 of these at the beginning of the war and save a lot of money." 

A small contingent of the Sun Federal Sales and Marketing team was there to provide tours and information (as well as collect any orders!)  To date, Sun has shipped a number of Modular Data Centers including two to the Stanford Linear Accelerator and one near Moscow. 

If you are interested in deploying data center capacity quickly, at a low cost and in an energy efficient manner, contact us at 703-204-4100.   It's only 20 feet long, 8 feet wide and can accommodate 240 rack units of your favorite Sun or other vendor's equipment.  It can be located nearly anywhere.

 

The spiky things in the background are the recently dedicated US Air Force memorial.

 

The Sun Federal Sales and Marketing team 

 

A view of the back doors during a tour 

 

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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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