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Mar 10 2009   5:55PM GMT

Sun using SuperNAP data center facility for cloud computing

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Sun Microsystems chief technology officer Greg Papadopoulos gave some insight today into Sun’s cloud computing venture while speaking at the AFCOM Data Center World show in Las Vegas.

He said Sun will be use Switch Communications’ SuperNAP facility for some aspects of the infrastructure. Sun made a splash in the cloud computing industry earlier this year, acquiring a company called QLayer that focuses on internal private clouds.

The SuperNAP data center that Sun will be in is built on slab, engineered around overhead cooling and hot-aisle containment. Switch claims power densities around 1,500 per square foot, or about triple the industry standard for air cooling. The hot exhaust air enters the contained hot aisle, rises into a ceiling plenum and circulates outside the IT equipment room through a bunch of huge heat exchangers. Then it recirculates back into the room as cool air.

So it appears that Sun will be using the cloud to provide the cloud.

“We have thousands of nodes and petabytes of storage there,” Papadopolous said.

He added that with Sun entering the cloud computing market, it may have to change its logo from “The network is the computer” to “The network is your computer.”

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