Sun's BlackBox In Manhattan
March 7th, 2007 By: Rich Miller
Sun Microsystems continues to generate media attention with its Project Blackbox portable data center, which it has now taken on the road. On Monday the Blackbox-on-Wheels made a pit stop in Manhattan, as chronicled by Information Week:
At a spot normally occupied by yellow cabs and pretzel vendors, a mobile, 18-wheel data center crammed with millions of dollars worth of servers and other computer systems sat parked Monday afternoon outside New York City’s Grand Central Station in midtown Manhattan. … (Sun eco-computing VP Dave) Douglas says the price will vary widely based on configuration but added that the trailer parked Monday outside Grand Central, which drew more than a few curious looks from passers-by, contained about $2.5 million worth of high-tech systems. Forget The Club, put a LoJack on that thing!
Must … resist … linking to the slideshow … Sorry, I’ve been caught up in the vast media gravitational field generated by the Blackbox. So here’s the slideshow offering a look inside (including the Big Red Button).
It is easy to get caught up in Sun’s Blackbox-mania. It was a great idea to market this and then take it on tour. I consider it on par with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
In fact, I blogged about just that.