Stanford Gets First Sun Blackbox

Stanford Gets First Sun Blackbox – miller60 writes “The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) will be the first end-user to get a Project Blackbox portable data center from Sun Microsystems. The 20-foot shipping container (which will be white, not black) will sit on a concrete pad behind the computer building with hookups to power, a 10-gigabit network connection and a chiller located on an adjacent pad. The ‘data center in a box’ will allow the SLAC to expand its computing capacity even though its existing data center has maxed out its power and cooling.” Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Slasdot]
Stanford Gets First Sun Blackboxmiller60 writes “The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) will be the first end-user to get a Project Blackbox portable data center from Sun Microsystems. The 20-foot shipping container (which will be white, not black) will sit on a concrete pad behind the computer building with hookups to power, a 10-gigabit network connection and a chiller located on an adjacent pad. The ‘data center in a box’ will allow the SLAC to expand its computing capacity even though its existing data center has maxed out its power and cooling.”

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Almost like a RTCW Malware Camp. Would be interesting to see what the bunker looks like.
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Creators Of Mobile Chat For the iPhone Twenty08 Hires AplloIM Developer

If you bought the iPhone when it first came out, you had two choices for Instant Messaging. Twenty08's MobileChat and Alex Schaefer's ApolloIM. Twenty08 has now hired Alex Schaefer to work exclusively on MobileChat
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Dell Refuses to Sell Ubuntu to Business

Dell has only been offering Ubuntu for over a month now. I haven't heard all that much in regards to their Support, I wonder if Microsoft is giving dell $$ to not Support Ubuntu on computers sold for Home Office/Business purposes?
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