All Suns Containers, Great and Small
Data centers-to-go and virtualization options are compellingLast week, I attended the launch of Suns "Project Blackbox," an intriguing new product offering that squeezes a couple of hundred rack-mounted serversalong with their requisite cooling systems and cablinginto the sort of container you see loaded on trucks or stacked on ships. The quick tour I took through the Project Blackbox container set up in the parking lot of Suns Menlo Park, Calif., campus was certainly impressive. But at least as impressiveand much more broadly accessiblewere the sorts of containers that Sun outlined in the virtualization presentation that kicked off the day.
Sun officials highlighted for the assembled members of the press the companys slate of virtualization offeringswhich range from physical partitioning on Suns largest machines to new logical partitioning capabilities on its smaller CoolThreads servers to operating-system-level virtualization using Solaris 10s Containers feature. Weve been impressed with Solaris Containers in our tests so far (see my review of Solaris 10 6/06 on Page 41), and Im looking forward to testing Suns CoolThreads logical partitioning.