Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot

From left to right: Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, CTO Greg Papadapolous and Vice President of Eco-responsibility David Douglas address a crowd of Sun employees, industry analysts and media at the launch of the companys new portable data ce

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - Sun Portable Data Center Unveiling - 2

Sun CTO Greg Papadapolous (center), with the cover now on the ground, explains the inner workings of the companys new portable data center to a crowd of Sun employees, industry analysts and various media members Oct. 17.

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - Sun Portable Data Center Unveiling - 3

Sun employees and event guests line up to take a tour through the new portable data center that the company introduced Oct. 17. The data center fits into a standard 20-by-8-by-8-foot storage container.

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - Storage

Heres a close-up of the cables and wiring for the new portable data center, which can hold up to 1.5TB of disk space and 2TB of tape storage.

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - Data Center Tour

Journalists take a close-up look inside the data center at the rack-mounted blade servers (left), which are the core of the system.

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - Blade Servers

The new Sun portable data center, which wont be available for production use until next summer, uses standard 19-inch blade servers at its core. This kind of data center isnt designed to displace current data centers, Sun said, but it is aimed at bei

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - Offshore Oil Rig Concept

In this artists conception, the new Sun portable data center is being used as the IT nerve center for an offshore oil rig.

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - I/O Cabling

Heres a close-up of the I/O cabling setup of the portable data center.

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - Warehouse Installation

In another artists conception, the new Sun portable data center is being used as the IT center in a literal data warehouse for a large corporation.

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Sun Introduces New Portable Data Center—in Its Own Parking Lot - Server Racks

These two racks of Sun Fire x4100 and x4600 servers are examples of what makes up the core of the new portable data center introduced Oct. 17 at Suns Executive Briefing Center here.

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