Project Blackbox from Sun MicroSystems
Project Blackbox is a prototype from Sun Microsystems for a data center built into a standard 20′ shipping container requiring only a water supply, external chiller, an internet connection, and power. It was first announced in October 2006. Utilizing existing infrastructure of transporting shipping containers, a complete data center of up to 250 servers can be rapidly deployed to locations that might not otherwise be suitable for a building or another structure. Sun Microsystems claims that the system can made operational for 1/100th of the cost of building a traditional data center.