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Cirrascale FOREST Container

The FOREST Container solution sitting in place where it is currently operating at NASA.

Cirrascale FOREST Container

NASA Nebula's FOREST Solution getting placed into its home.

Cirrascale FOREST Container

Before presenting at the NASA Ames press conference on cloud computing, Vivek Kundra (The First CIO of the United States of America) takes a tour of the FOREST Container at NASA Ames.

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An installation of the FOREST Container at a large solution provider for use with one of the top mapping software solutions available on the internet today.

Cirrascale FOREST Container

An installation at a large solution provider in Colorado. NOTE: Yes, the deer are real.

Cirrascale FOREST Container

NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing FOREST Container solution on its way to be unloaded into its new home.

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The Award-Winning Cirrascale FOREST Containerized Data Center

Today's cloud and enterprise computing environment is a dynamic landscape that is changing at breakneck speeds, forcing IT managers to constantly rethink their infrastructure just to keep up. The Cirrascale® FOREST™ Containerized Data Center solution allows organizations to maximize flexibility while cutting costs exponentially and boosting performance to new levels.

Product Features and Benefits

  • Can contain up to 57.6PB of storage capacity.
  • Capable of housing up to 2,880 compute blade servers.
  • Blades are cross-compatible with BladeRack 2 FL and BladeRack 2 FM platforms.
  • Superior energy efficiency and serviceability.
  • Open architecture and design allows a wide-range of third-party equipment.
  • Can utilize external temperatures to reduce costs.
  • Employs the Cirrascale patented Vertical Cooling Technology™.

FOREST Containerized Data Center Overview

The Cirrascale FOREST Container houses over 2,880 servers or 57.6PB of storage in an industry standard form factor (40' x 8' x 9.5') for easy shipping and deployment virtually anywhere. The FOREST Container was engineered to thrive under varied conditions – extreme temperatures, indoors, outdoors on a concrete slab or even over rough terrain. In addition to Cirrascale blade servers and blade storage products, traditional third-party systems can easily be accommodated.

At a time when the price for high technology continues to fall while that of real estate and power soars, the best way to not only survive but to thrive, is to evolve. The Cirrascale FOREST Container epitomizes that evolution. It is a modular, portable data center that is deployable virtually anywhere. This negates the need to purchase or lease expensive land or to build custom facilities with special requirements to support traditional data centers. Energy spending is dramatically reduced by the Cirrascale FOREST Container's ultra efficient power subsystems and patented Vertical Cooling Technology™ boosting reliability and performance.

The flexibility of the Cirrascale FOREST Container addresses your consolidation needs. Engineered as a customizable IT solution, the Cirrascale FOREST Container truly does deliver Blades Without Boundaries®.The Cirrascale FOREST Container was engineered as an optimal solution for consolidation. This means that the Cirrascale FOREST Container is not proprietary, unlike our competition's solutions whose products may not support other vendor's equipment. Maximum efficiency and performance is attained when the Cirrascale FOREST Container is populated with Cirrascale's BladeRack 2 platform, but we understand that in some cases the optimal solution may very well need to house networking equipment or even existing nodes from manufacturers using less efficient traditional front-to-back cooling.

The demand for The Cirrascale FOREST Container can be seen across the entire enterprise landscape. As an example, in the Energy industry it can put massive compute capability directly on an oil rig for on-site seismic processing. Government agencies can utilize the Cirrascale FOREST Container as a secure, deployable data center ready for rugged environments to be sent with other resources to where they are needed most, when they are needed. Financial Services customers that are typically based in large, crowded metropolitan areas can now relocate their data centers to rural areas where power and real-estate are dramatically less expensive. Service Providers might want to use the Cirrascale FOREST Container to safely migrate, consolidate, back up existing data centers or deliver immense, on-location storage for disaster recovery efforts. Entertainment and Media customers will define their next blockbuster hit on location as the Cirrascale FOREST Container can also become a cutting-edge render farm placed directly at the production site.

The true beauty of the Cirrascale FOREST Container is that no matter what the customer's immediate need is, it can always be ready to go for the next project; wherever, whenever and however that may be.

The Cirrascale FOREST Container is designed with economy and ecology in mind. Enabled by the industry leading, patented Vertical Cooling Technology, the Cirrascale FOREST Container is up to 110% more efficient than the traditional data center model. Because of its revolutionary design, our patented Vertical Cooling Technology™ allows up to 50% more power to be used for compute rather than cooling, saving precious resources and lowering emissions.

Additional savings can be achieved by placing the Cirrascale FOREST Container near less expensive or renewable power sources; the flexibility is yours. Cirrascale was built on eco-conscious principles and the Cirrascale FOREST Container is another example of our commitment to providing solutions with minimal environmental impact that save our customers money.

With the consistent advances in technology, Cirrascale engineering and development teams are constantly testing and deploying the latest technical specifications being offered by our technology partners. We make every effort to provide the below specifications error-free and up-to-date. However, we always encourage our customers to contact us to discuss Cirrascale's latest improvements to its products. This product's specifications are as follows:

FOREST Container Specifications

Size and Weight
  • Dimensions: 40' x 8' x 9.5'
  • Weight: Up to 67,000 lbs. (typical)
  • Servers: Up to 2,880 nodes
  • Storage: 57.6 petabytes
  • Cores: Up to 43,200 processing cores
  • Power: 350k Watts
Overall Efficiency
  • PUE Excluding Chiller Load: <1.05
  • PUE Including Chiller Load: 1.2 - 1.3
Power Choices
  • 400VAC / 480VAC
Cooling Technique
  • Vertical Cooling Technology and refigerant-based heat exchange using externally chilled water.
Equipment Flexibility
  • Ability to augment Cirrascale blades with third party systems and networking equipment.
  • Several options including integrated UPS, dual power feeds and redundant cooling.
Fire Detection / Suppression
  • Certified incipient stage aspirating smoke detector and a FM-200 gas-based suppression.
  • Container power management and metering.
  • Patented design allows for easy serviceability in extreme conditions.

The below links provide access to the detailed data sheets and other resources related to this and potentially several other Cirrascale products and solutions. If you can not find the information you are trying to locate, please contact us directly at (888) 942-3800 or email us at

Product Literature

PDF FOREST Container Product Data Sheet - 997KB
PDF VB Series Blades Data Sheet - 963KB
PDF SB Series Blades Data Sheet - 500KB
PDF GB Series Blades Data Sheet - 1800KB

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Cirrascale supports multiple configurations of its products and prefers to work closely with its customers and partners to determine the best fit for their company's needs. We work hard to listen and understand and can tailor any of our products to your specific requirements. If you have questions, please contact us today at (888) 942-3800 and ask to speak with a Cirrascale Account Manager or use the below button to request a detailed quote.

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The Cirrascale Advantage

Cirrascale Corporation is a premier provider of blade-based cloud computing and storage infrastructure for conventional and modular data centers. Some of our key advantages over our competitors include:

  • Cooling:  The only supplier with patented Vertical Cooling Technology™ (VCT).
  • Power Efficiency:  Our BladeRack 2 Series platforms are some of the most power efficient solutions available on the market today.
  • Density:  Utilizing our VCT, we can support over 2,300 compute cores or 3.4PB of raw storage in a standard rack footprint.
  • Time to Market:  Our commodity component approach gets you the latest and greatest technology from our partners, before our competition.
  • Scale-Out:  Our platform infrastructure was developed to allow customers to scale up and out, perfect for growing hyperscale cloud applications.
  • Custom-Tailored:  Our job is to ensure you have a system that will expand with your needs, but not break the bank. We work with each customer to tailor their servers to their applications.
  • Flexible Design:  Commodity components PLUS flexible, open architecture EQUALS limitless possibilities. Let your applications and specific software stay flexible.

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