Sun readies Project Blackbox

Sun Microsystems has this week started shipping its first datacenter in a box with US-based Stanford University as its first client.

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By  Michele Howe Published  June 28, 2007

Sun Microsystems has this week started shipping its first datacenter in a box with US-based Stanford University as its first client.

The datacenter, "known as Project Blackbox" is a 20ft long, 8ft wide shipping container with a built in datacenter.

Sun claims the innovation is the world's first fully contained, virtualized datacenter.

Priced at approximately US$ 300,000, the datacenter can be shipped anywhere and used in any climatic conditions. A key feature of the data centre is it has a high dust tolerance.

Sun has so far had interest from around 20 companies, mainly in the US, in the data center, a Sun spokesperson said.

The Blackbox has not yet been heavily marketed in the Middle East, but the company has received some serious enquiries from customers in the region, a regional spokesperson for Sun said.

The spokesperson did not disclose additional information on potential clients, but the data center is thought to be of particular interest to the oil and gas industry due to the demand for storage in remote locations.

The Middle East represents a prime opportunity for the datacenter given the high cost of cooling in the region, Kent Lockyer, senior director, communications industry solutions at Sun Microsystems told ITP.net.

Michele Howe is presently the guest of Sun Microsystems in California

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