I’m talking about the Sun Modular Datacenter S20, now shipping (and, judging by what I hear on my field trips, selling surprisingly well). You’re wondering about “S20”? Well, a glance at some container facts might lead you to expect an S40 or S45 in the future. I don’t know, the amount of compute power you can get in an S20 is already pretty mind-boggling. I note that the product page, appropriately postmodern, links to BlackBox blogs, but unsurprisingly not to mine, probably the most-read on the subject due to the mini-scandal over my egregiously bad language (and I have to say the comments on that one are excellent).
But anyhow, now that this is a shipping product with a SKU and so on, I’d like to reassure the technology buyers of the world that the S20 is no longer totally drop-dead fucking cool. It’s just a well-designed and real handy piece of infrastructure if you’ve got a data center in transition, or a remote location, or a sudden growth spurt. You can buy one without anyone suspecting you of a dangerous tendency to coolness.