Outside the Box

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-10-18 Print this article Print

Sun has long claimed that data centers are too complicated, costly, power-hungry, and difficult to cool and manage. Not many data center managers would disagree.

To its credit, Sun has been proactively looking "outside the box" for new approaches to this problem, which grows with the increasing amount of data needing to be stored.

It turns out that the opposite of "outside the box" happened.

"Sun thinks way inside the box for a new datacenter solution," quipped Charles King, principal of Pund-IT Research in Hayward, Calif., in a headline he would have written.

"At one level, the mobile datacenter concept sounds a bit goofy," King wrote in his weekly newsletter. "Sure, they can build it, but does the companys list of potential commercial opportunities for Project Blackbox hold water? Yes and no.

"There is growing hype around Web 2.0 startups (especially after last weeks Google/YouTube deal), but few are garnering enough ready cash (through VCs or buy-outs) to afford Suns radical new solution."

The same might be said about developing nations and alternative energy-(i.e., solar and wind power) rich areas, King said.

"However, the advanced military operations, oil and gas exploration that Sun is touting, along with other sectors that leverage high performance computing (HPC) solutions could offer some real possibilities for Project Blackbox deployments, particularly if customers have generous funding," King said.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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