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Blackbox turns Sun green

Sun Microsystems’s latest bid to win its green spurs is an energy-efficient portable datacentre.

Project Blackbox, currently in late prototype, takes one-tenth of the time to deploy, inhabits a third less space and is 20% more energy-efficient than a traditional datacentre with the same computer power, according to company claims.

The whole datacentre can be packed up in a standard shipping container. Its high portability makes it suitable for military operations or for an oil platform, as well as for companies needing a fast solution to an over-crowded data centre.

Energy efficiency in the datacentre is priority for 76% of executives, according to a survey by Harris Interactive, commissioned by Sun.

Despite these encouraging noises from the 197 executives in the survey, there’s still a high level of ignorance. Over 60% of the are unaware how much they spend on energy or greenhouse gas emissions.

“At Sun, we firmly believe ‘Eco’ stands for both ecology and economics,” says Dave Douglas, VP of ‘Eco responsibility’ at Sun.

Project Blackbox, scheduled to go live in middle of next year, provides a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution.
 

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