Sun's Blackbox, the data center in a shipping container, has gained customers and earned a less compelling new name, the Sun Modular Datacenter S20 or Sun MD. Starting at $559,000, the container can be deployed in about three weeks and can hit 18 TFlops and provide up to 3 petabytes of storage, according to the company. And you can park the 20-foot container anywhere there is power and water to cool the unit.
Customers include Hansen Transmissions, Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. For example, Hansen Transmissions, which manufactures wind turbine and industrial gearboxes, is depositing a elephantine Sun MD at its new Coimbatore, India plant to get it up and running quickly. I'm waiting until Sun shrinks the Blackbox, er Sun MD, to the size of a compact refrigerator.