Project Black Box: The Sun Modular Data Center

I spent all day at a Sun Partner Event for Project Black Box,
Project Black Box is the Sun Modular Data Center S20 (Sun MD)
 .

It is genius on how such a simple idea of placing a data center into a
standard ISO9000 shipping container is now a reality.  Yes these
containers can be moved by ships, trucks, or rail  anywhere in the
world.  The Sun MD has been placed on top of building, in parking
lots and remote places such as Siberia.

The Sun MD is basically a mobile data center that can be placed
anywhere, any time, any place.

The Sun MD is primarily consists of 8 standard 19 inch racks (7
computing racks and 1 networking rack).  These racks can be mixed
and match and can provide as much as 3 petabytes of storage or you and
provide less storage an provide more compute power for doing teraflops
of computing power. 

Each rack is cooled from front to back and
the container allows you to cut cooling costs as much as 40% as
compared to a regular data center.   This type of data center
is green and eco friendly, meaning that by deploying the Sun MD this
allows one to save money and is ecologically friendly because it uses
less power.

Here are some feature highlights:

  • 10X faster to deploy vs. traditional datacenter

  • Reduced capital expenses with incremental expansion

  • Global deployment capability & flexibility to redeploy as needed

  • 4X higher density per rack vs. typical datacenter

  • 40% lower cooling costs in 1/8th the space


  • This was my first time to see Sun MD and the first time for me to
    walk through one.  I would highly recommend if you have the
    opportunity to see one to go take a look at it next time there is a tour in your
    area.
    Comments:

    This MD data center is like the mother of all portable computer vans (See Scientific American, Aug 07, «Data Center in a Box: A shipping container stuffed with servers could usher in the era of cloud computing», M. Mitchell Waldrop, «http://www.sciamdigital.com/index.cfm?fa=Products.ViewIssuePreview&ARTI... ISO shipping container can be shipped by all modes of transportation and has a cooling capability that can be powered from running water or an externally-powered water cooler. I have no experience with this, but its interesting that so many servers can be put into one shelter and airlifted for emergencies. It could have applications for emergencies in the third-world.

    Posted by Dennis Janicek, Defense Information Systems Agency on July 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM CDT #

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