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The Internet in a Box

If you had to store three petabytes of data and keep it online for the entire Internet community, and you wanted to save space and energy, what would you do? For the Internet Archive, the answer was simple: Put the data in a Sun Modular Datacenter (Sun MD) equipped with Sun's Open Storage technology.

Growth at the Pace of the Internet

The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that is compiling a historic database of Web sites and other digital content. This archival database expands with the Internet, and so grows by nearly 100TBs every month. To keep up, the Internet Archive has opted for Sun's open storage server and software technologies. When it came to implementation, the cost-effective, quick, and space-efficient solution was a Sun MD, installed at Sun's Santa Clara campus, supported by the Sun MD remote monitoring service.

The Internet is Forever

In the blink of an eye you can snap a digital picture, e-mail it to friends, and post it online for the world to see -- but when you think you've erased it, you haven't. Learn about how the Internet Archive and its Wayback Machine make certain that you will always be able to retrieve your stuff -- and that anyone else can, too!

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The new Sun MD was installed in March 2009. It is equipped with 60 Sun Fire X4500 (Thumper) Open Storage Systems that run the Solaris 10 OS, including the Solaris ZFS file system. Sun's servers with Solaris ZFS storage pools enable the Internet Archive to double the storage capacity of its old system while using up to 50 percent less power than other servers would use.

The Internet Archive is also using Sun's new Sun MD remote monitoring service. Sun engineers monitor power, heating and cooling, fire, smoke, and water detection, and physical access points, and will dispatch repair technicians if necessary.

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Sun MD: Portable, Green, and Dense

The Sun Modular Datacenter is unique in many ways. It is built in a 20-foot-long shipping container, can be deployed literally anywhere in the world from parking lots to rooftops to disaster recovery sites, and can be moved by truck, airplane, or ship. It uses a closed-loop water cooling system that is more than 40 percent more efficient than a typical datacenter cooling system. The Sun MD also:

  • Can be deployed 10 times faster than a traditional datacenter
  • Offers 4 times greater density per rack than a typical datacenter
  • Reduces capital expenses with incremental expansion
  • Can be quickly redeployed to new sites as needed

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Watch the Internet Archive Unveiled

Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive, and Sun's Greg Papadopolous unveil Internet Archive's Wayback Machine Sun Modular Datacenter.

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The General Session

During the general session, Brewster Kahle and Sun's Greg Papadopolous discussed the importance of universal access to knowledge, preserving data for future generations.

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Watch the Q&A

Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive, Sun's Greg Papadopolous, and Lew Tucker answer questions from the audience at the Internet Archive Sun Modular Datacenter unveiling presentation.

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The Sun Modular Datacenter is a very well engineered datacenter, and we didn't have to hire the engineers -- we could just buy it from Sun. When we need more capacity, we can just move in another and put it in the parking lot.
— Brewster Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian, The Internet Archive

Open Storage from Sun

Sun's Open Storage products are a combination of industry-standard hardware and open-source software, including OpenSolaris, and they can be deployed in Solaris, Linux, Windows, and VMware environments. The latest offering is the family of Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems, the first open storage appliances. These systems scale from 2TB to 576TB, and add flexibility, ease of use, and energy efficiency to your storage strategy.

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See Outside the Box Thinking, Inside the Box

Learn about the key features and benefits of the Sun Modular Datacenter through an interactive, 3D animated tour, hosted by Maurice Cloutier.

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