Take one standard 20 foot shipping container, fill it with everything normally found in a state-of-the-art datacenter and what do you have? Project Blackbox, a Sun Microsystems project designed to create a complete portable datacenter, easily shipped anywhere and ready to go on arrival.
Project Blackbox packages compute, storage, and network infrastructure capabilities into scalable, modular units outfitted with state-of-the-art cooling, monitoring, and power distribution systems. Customers will be able to order a variety of standard and custom configurations of systems, storage, networking, and software. Housed in a standard 20-foot shipping container for maximum flexibility, Project Blackbox will be easily transported using common shipping methods. Simple hookups for water, AC power, and networking will enable customers to quickly deploy Project Blackbox upon delivery.
This is another excellent example of capabilities not possible before the advent of the standard shipping container. The shipping container harnesses the inventiveness of everyone, even those not directly involved in the shipping process but still facing the question of how to move product from one place to another. If the container is durable and standard sized, as containers obviously are, you can use the container itself as part of the product. Great idea!
Link: Sun Microsystems