Shipping containers hold portable data centers

While trucks and their shipping containers are often tracked by computers, now some shipping containers will contain computers.

Scientific American reports on Project Blackbox, which can deliver a full data-center of computer servers to anywhere in a shipping container.

The containers would hold over 250 servers and offer seven terabytes of active memory.

The portable data centers are part of an idea called “cloud computing”, where computer users store the data and software for their word processors and email programs on a remote server instead of the computer at their desk. This allows users to access the data they need on any computer instead of having to carry laptops.

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