Beijing Project Blackbox Tour Event Next Week
By pmonday on Oct 18, 2007
The Project Blackbox Tour arrives in Beijing China on Monday, October 21st and is open for business October 22nd. I just received a series of stickers and backdrop images from the Beijing stop. They are very cool so I'll post them throughout the week...starting with this one.
Throughout the tours, people have mentioned events like the Olympic Games or even opening a remote data center as ideally suited for Project Blackbox. While the container isn't really "mobile" computing (can you imagine the wireless bandwidth you'd need for a moving convoy of actively running shipping containers full of Sun gear?), the concept is to rack your equipment and install the software at a central location. While you are preparing the equipment and testing the software deployment, you are preparing the target data center location for Project Blackbox installation.
When everything is ready to go, you make sure the equipment is secure within the container, disconnect it, load it up and ship it to the remote site. Once at the remote site you run a battery of tests to make sure nothing was damaged and you are off to the races!
Anyway, the Beijing stop is going to have a variety of events at it including
- One on one sessions
- General sessions
- Press conferences for key journalists
In total, the stop will encompass 3 days, October 22nd to the 24th. For folks in the Beijing area that have not received invitations, you can jot a note to our email alias blackboxtour at sun dot com (of course, replace the at with @ and dot with a .).
To get yourself ready for the Beijing stop (or Texas if you are in the U.S.) you probably need some fresh recommended reading material from me...right? One article that I never posted to the blog (I don't really know why) is the August 2007 Data Center in a Box article from Scientific American. The article is a great balance of considerations for deploying a Project Blackbox container as well as some of the design complexities and decisions that went into the overall design of Project Blackbox.
Finally, I was going to post this next paragraph right in the center of this post, but I decided that even I was not that shameless...still, I did want to mention it since services are an important part of getting this much equipment deployed right the first time:
Insert not-so-subtle-plug for Sun Services... Sun can, of course, help you with site preparation and installation through some of our Service Offerings. Sun's offerings that go along with Project Blackbox span site assessment and prepartion all the way through ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the container and deployed technology. I guess you could call it Sun's Modular Service Offerings End shameless plug for Sun Services.
Have I had too much coffee today or what?