Sun Modular Datacenter
Sun Modular Datacenter (Sun MD, known in the prototype phase as Project Blackbox) is a portable data center built into a standard 20-foot intermodal container (shipping container) manufactured and marketed by Sun Microsystems (acquired in 2010 by Oracle Corporation). An external chiller and power were required for the operation of a Sun MD. A data center of up to 280 servers could be rapidly deployed by shipping the container in a regular way to locations that might not be suitable for a building or another structure, and connecting it to the required infrastructure. Sun stated that the system could be made operational for 1% of the cost of building a traditional data center.
In 2009, the Internet Archive migrated its digital archive onto Sun Modular Datacenter.
In late 2003, employees of the Internet Archive wrote a paper proposing "an outdoor petabyte JBOD NAS box" of sufficient capacity to store the then-current Archive in a 40' shipping container. The first implementation of the concept have been realized using Sun Microsystems' Modular Datacenters in March 2009.
- "Sun Modular Datacenter S20 - Technical Specifications". 2008-05-27. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
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- "SLAC Prepares for First Blackbox to Expand Computing Power". SLAC Today. 2007-06-20.
- "SLAC's Newest Computing Center Arrives... by Truck". SLAC Today. 2007-07-25.
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- "Sun Unveils The Future of Virtualized Datacenters – Project Blackbox" (Press release). Sun Microsystems, Inc. 2006-10-17. Archived from the original on March 1, 2007. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
- "Sun Modular Datacenter Fuels Momentum With New Customer Wins In Manufacturing, Healthcare, HPC And Telco". Sun Microsystems. 2008-01-29. Archived from the original on February 1, 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
- "Sun Project Blackbox". TOP500 Supercomputing Sites. TOP500.org. June 2007. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
- Bruce Baumgart; Matt Laue (2003-11-08). "Petabyte Box for Internet Archive" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-08.
- "Internet Archive and Sun Microsystems Create Living History of the Internet". Sun.COM. March 2009. Archived from the original on March 26, 2009. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
- Sun Modular Datacenter S20 Product Library Documentation
- Project Blackbox Blog
- Blackbox Earthquake Resistance and Reliability Test Video on YouTube