Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Is it a Container or a Data Center or Both?
In the past I've written about how containers are being used in prefab homes and most recently for a trendy handbag store in Zurich. But today, we are taking containers to a whole new level as Sun Microsystems has decided to turn containers into a prefab data warehouse. So think of your typical TEU container fitted with millions of dollars of server equipment that can run anything from your website to your internal email. The funny thing is that the containers can only withstand a drop of 6 inches. Anything more and the owner can expect some level of damage. 6 inches doesn't sound like a lot of leeway to me. At least they are saving a few trees from all of the cardboard and wooden crates that would typically be used to ship this much hardware. Next up, the TEU automobile.