Project Blackbox: A “crackpot” idea

In this week’s issue of InfoWorld, there is a feature story 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:

Project Blackbox

“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.

Take 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.

According 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.”

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One Response to “Project Blackbox: A “crackpot” idea”

  1. Vali Says:

    I am sorry to say this, but… Sun has great ideas, but no human capital to implement them, or at least, a gap of orchestrated marketing, PR, customer relationship actions..
    I just called Sun in US to ask them more details about the Project Blackbox…. 2 of the persons told me they didn’t hear about this project, one of them told me it is a special order, and cannot provide more information, but I should complete the standard contact form on the web, and somebody will reply to me…
    But I didn’t manage to discuss with anybody about this project !
    so…. it’s pitty. especially because i worked for Sun and I know this fuziness is something usual…

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