Sun says watch out for a massive data centre meltdown next year

Subodh Bapat, a vice president in the eco-computing division of Sun Microsystems, says he expects to see a massive database meltdown taking place in 2008, and for the meltdown to affect the industry like the first computer worm did - very hard.

Speaking at a dinner earlier this week, the Sun exec said that, even with server virtualisation, there's still a strong chance a major data centre will crash and people will panic.

He could be right too, as US national laboratories and universities are reported to be looking at building new data centres.

And next year, says Sun, one of the US national labs has plans to build a data centre that will take up 500,000 square feet and consume 50 megawatts of power.

Anyone got 10p for the eco-meter?...