Sales & Marketing
Training & Development
PCs & Servers
Imaging & Printing
Sun's petabyte datacentre in a box makes its Aussie debut
Dec 19, 2007 9:34 AM
In a bid to tackle the array of data storage issues facing today's IT industry, Sun Microsystems has unveiled a prototype of an eco-friendly, mobile virtualised datacentre in Sydney Harbour this week.
Dubbed "Project Blackbox", each datacentre packs more than three petabytes of storage in a 20-foot shipping container. Sun's new offering is expected to allow customers to quickly and easily add datacentre capacity that can be moved as their circumstances change.
"Everybody's either out of space, power, or capacity; one of the three," declared Cheryl Martin, Sun's senior director of business development for Project Blackbox.
Boasting a processing speed of 4.5 teraflops, Project Blackbox is designed to house computational, storage and network infrastructure. Each datacentre can handle up to 700 CPUs, and supports a range of operating systems and third-party equipment.
All storage equipment is contained within a standard-sized 20 x 8 foot shipping container to add to the datacentres' mobility. For safety, the shipping containers are also fitted with GPS devices and reinforced with steel bars, and all equipment is mounted on earthquake-worthy shock absorption springs.
The datacentre can be deployed anywhere there is AC power, water and a network connection. When connected to a portable power supply, such as a generator, Project Blackbox can even operate on the move; a capability that is expected to benefit mobile operations in the military, oil and energy industries.
Instead of requiring air-conditioning, which can require large amounts of power, Project Blackbox uses a water-cooled heat exchanger and a series of fans to keep the temperature low within the shipping container. Sun estimates its cooling technique to be 40 percent more efficient than a traditional datacentre.
Project Blackbox was said to have been inspired by customer feedback that indicated a demand for convenience, flexibility, and eco-friendliness when increasing datacentre capacity.
Martin highlighted four target markets for the datacentre: companies looking to augment their current storage capacity; companies in need of temporary storage solutions; specialised industries such as the military, oil or gas; and large scale network services that are undergoing rapid expansion.
Since the U.S. launch of its first prototype in October 2006, Project Blackbox has been deployed by select customers, including the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in the U.S., and Russian telecommunications provider, Mobile Telesystems.
One datacentre has also been deployed in Sun's High Performance Computing grid in Menlo Park, U.S. Martin said Sun expects to use more of its new datacentres in-house as soon as there are more available.
Contrary to its name, Project Blackbox is usually shipped in a white shipping container, but Martin said the container can also take on custom paint jobs. She noted a particularly strong demand for datacentres with a camouflage veneer.
The datacentre will be available to Australian customers in March 2008, costing upwards of $700,000.
Follow us on
IBM cagey on channel plans for Box deal
IBM and Box hold hands for enterprise push
How to make sales while losing money, the SaaS way
How Telstra wants to own cloud software sales
Datacom hands over Sydney data centre to Syncom
Lovechild of Lego and mini PC: Acer Revo Build
HP seeking to sell TippingPoint before split
Huawei Mate S first with force touch screen, beats Apple
New Lenovo convertible suspiciously similar to Surface Pro 3
Send us your tips
You must be a registered member of CRN to post a comment.
Click here to login
Click here to register
Ads by Google
Acer: 'We're not for sale'
Slams rumours as 'journalistically questionable and factually wrong'.
Crucial launches managed services for Google Apps
Targeting small business market.
CSC Australia sales plunge $127 million
Profit drops 44 percent in difficult year.
Sign up to receive CRN email bulletins
Four iiNet directors resign, TPG boss steps in
IBM Australia's long wait for a channel manager is over
We're not Uber! UberGlobal swamped by ridesharing requests
Victorian IT firm whacked $72,000 for piracy
Amcom's IT revenue crashed before Vocus buyout
Powered by Disqus
Which device are you more excited about?
Surface Pro 4
iPhone 6s / iPhone 7
view previous polls »
Powered by Disqus
CRN Magazine looks in-depth at the emerging issues and developments for the channel, and provides insight, analysis and strategic information to help resellers better run their businesses.
What's in this issue?
Most popular tech stories
7 accounting packages for Australian small businesses compared: including MYOB, QuickBooks Online, Reckon, Xero
Do you use Dropbox? Here are some clever tricks
How to get the best parking rates at Sydney Airport
How much does it cost to use the NBN? 14 providers compared including iiNet, Telstra, Internode
Tip: Your shop can use a smartphone instead of an EFTPOS terminal
When being rude to IT can get you fired
DBC opts against appeal in iiNet piracy ruling
IT staff outline deep anger in Macquarie Uni survey
ANZ Bank signs $450m IBM deal
Myer pours $100m into omni-channel overhaul
How to: How much RAM do you really need?
Top 25 fantasy games of all time
11 WhatsApp tricks you may not know about
Top 15 obscure video game consoles for collectors
Windows 10 hits 75 million users
Interview: Pete Hines on Fallout 4
Fallout 4 + Fallout Shelter E3 screenshots
Preview: Star Wars Battlefront Fighter Squadron mode
Fallout 4 gets MA15+ rating - and no cuts!
Preview: Quantum Break
PC & Tech Authority
nextmedia Pty Ltd
. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form without prior authorisation.
Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of nextmedia's
Terms & Conditions
Login to CRN
Email or Username:
* Email or Username required
* Password required
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Register now!
To request a
, enter the email address linked to your CRN account and we'll send one to you.
* Email required
* Invalid Email address
* Invalid Email address
Click here to return to Login Form
comments powered by Disqus.