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Sun envisages virtual storage future with Blackbox

Sun Microsystems has revealed the prototype of Project Blackbox, which
it is touting as the world's first virtualised datacentre.

Blackbox is aimed at companies seeking rapid and highly efficient deployment of lights-out

infrastructure, who might be running short on space, power and cooling.

It is a pre-configured, fully contained datacentre, optimised for maximum
density, performance and efficiency, as well as complete recyclability.

Blackbox is designed to be rapidly and flexibly deployed at any time or
location. The Solaris 10 OS sits at the core of Sun's virtualised infrastructure
and coupled with Sun server and storage technologies, one Blackbox could
hold 250 Sun Fire servers, provide 2 petabytes of storage, or 7 terabytes
of memory.

Sun believes Blackbox will enable a range of potential new uses, including
quick Web 2.0 build-outs; advanced military applications; developing nations
(bringing instant-on computing facilities to locations without the power
and networking infrastructure to support a traditional datacentre); oil
exploration and seismic modelling; and leveraging alternative energy sources.

Sun has begun working with early customers, with commercial availability slated
for mid-2007.


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