Sun Blackbox gets new name and customers

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.

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.

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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.

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