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Sun Microsystems to Build Underground Data Centers in Japan




Sun Microsystems to Build Underground Data Centers in Japan
Sun Microsystems to Build Underground Data Centers in Japan



http://www.japancorp.net/Article.Asp?Art_ID=16098 

JCN Newsdesk
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 
security reasons.

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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