Sun is thinking inside the box with their new Project Blackbox. Sure, it looks like an ordinary shipping container, but inside you'll find a state-of-the-art modular, lights out data center. Simply hookup water, power, and network cables to the container, and you'll have a vast enterprise-level computing infrastructure at your fingertips.
A single Project Blackbox could accommodate 250 Sun Fire T1000 servers with the CoolThreads technology with 2000 cores and 8000 simultaneous threads.
A single Project Blackbox could accommodate 250 x64-based servers with 1000 cores.
A single Project Blackbox could provide as much as 1.5 petabytes of disk storage or 2 petabytes of energy-efficient tape storage.
A single Project Blackbox could provide 7 terabytes of memory.
A single Project Blackbox could handle up to 10,000 simultaneous desktop users.
A single Project Blackbox currently has sufficient power and cooling to support 200 kilowatts of rackmounted equipment.
"When everyone was racing to build the smallest rackmount servers, we asked a contrarian question: 'What is the biggest computer we could build?' We realized the answer had better not be bigger than a shipping container if we wanted to transport it easily," [Sun CTO Greg] Papadopoulos explained.