Nov 14, 2007
U.S. computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. and 11 other entities on
Wednesday launched a project to build power-saving underground data
centers in Japan.
For the project, Sun Microsystems will offer its Project Blackbox method
using shipping containers.
Specifically, data centers comprising 10,000 server computers will be
built into 30 shipping containers for installation 100 meters below
ground at a former mine. The location of the site was not disclosed for
Construction costs are estimated at 45 billion yen. The consortium,
which also includes Internet Initiative Japan Inc. <3774>, NTT
Communications Corp. and Chuo University, plans to start operating the
data centers in April 2010.
As temperatures at the underground site will stay at 15 degrees Celsius
all year, air conditioning systems will not be necessary while
groundwater can be used to cool the servers.
About one billion yen of electricity costs will thus be saved annually,
according to the consortium.
The consortium hopes to win orders from both the public and private
sectors for data storage services using the container-type data centers.
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