13 thoughts on “Sun’s Computing On Demand, Literally”

  1. can anybody explain the allure of this product to me? why would someone purchase something that is so much more expensive than a commodity hw setup? i assume it would offer certain energy cost savings, but enough to justify the price?

  2. We still have to see the results of SUN and Google and partnerships. There has been a lot of talk about in past but nothing concrete has come to this date. I’m sure something is cooking there, but what it is anybody’s guess

  3. Meh. To fill these racks w/ 35 sun servers will cost close to a million dollars, plus the 500k. But what they seem to miss: people don’t put there machines in data centers because they are hip, rather because they are secure and redundant: redundant cooling, redundant power, biometric security, staffed 24×7, earthquake proof, fireproof – the list goes on. And the power – oh the power. What the heck kind of circuit am I going to run to this little box? Just not sure it makes a lot of sense.

  4. i predict that google will use sun’s support model for the enterprise, and that’s about it…perhaps some customization of processors or other tools for infrastructure, but beyond that they’ve already bailed on the openoffice distribution prospects from what one might tell by reading the assorted press bits…

  5. Eric B – I had the opportunity to check out APC’s InfraStruXure Express. It packs 10 racks on the back of an 18 wheeler. It’s totally decked out in chrome; I’d never seen anything soooo shiny. Unfortunately you can’t transport it with any gear. It’d weigh more than most states’ highway limits. That was the case back in January at least, when the unit I saw was the only one in existence.

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  7. how is this revolutionary? who only needs 7 racks of equipment? i can’t see anyone other than govt agencies like the military or fema use this. any idea how much power it will require if fully populated? i would guess not more than 150kw if each rack has 2 X 30amp 208v and roughly the same power for cooling.

    i guess they could rack em and stack em in the moffet hangar but i certainly wouldn’t proclaim this as revolutionary and being on a front of nyt with this…well that is funny.

  8. It would make sense to have everything in a self contained unit and move it along or keep it always on the move, you never know where your datacenter is and does that add to security, may be yes.

    With Wimzx getting deployed in the coming years, you never know, the sun farm will always connect to the nearest Acccess point/s and presto you have a data center which can come online if required any where where you have wimax..

    There are thousands of applications for such equipment, May be use them to crunch data during War. May be DOD has already placed orders

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