MICHIGAN and a few notes

I just started receiving pictures from the first of two Michigan stops (note the correct spelling of Michigan ;-) I am faithfully keeping the SmugMug Map up to date if you are interested in seeing the trail and the sites from around the country.

Here is a shot of one of the tours going through the container at the Detroit location. This is an interesting picture for a couple of reasons. As you look down the container's central aisle, note that you do not see the contents of each of the racks. Remember that the racks face lengthwise down the container (end to end) to facilitate cooling. The second reason is a bit less technical...across the country, for Winter weather, the mid-length black jacket, black pants and shiny black shoes is pretty standard throughout the United States.

Just to keep you up to speed with some hard core data from the tour, Chris Hawver sent an update, he is traveling with the project through the Midwest. The Columbus, Ohio stop proved very interesting. Recall that it was on a Thursday and Friday. It turns out that March Madness wreaked some havoc on the Friday tour stop. Basically, Friday afternoon, jammed streets, and bad weather added up to some lower turnout.

The positive side of a lower turnout is that we get to spend much more time with individual customers. As the tour moves on, we are finding that enterprises with company and organization branches located in other tour cities are having folks catch the tour enroute. These multiple city visits end up having tour participants well versed in the question "How would you use the container in your business environment". The conversation then evolves into deeper questions about positioning, availability, etc...

As the tour moves on, we are getting better and better at getting the quintessential snapshot of the truck and landmarks and features around it. Here is a picture of our location in Detroit Michigan.

If you have something in particular that you are interested in hearing about from the container (that isn't confidential), drop me an email and I will try to get coverage for you. Articles on tap include the value of centralized management systems in relation to Project Blackbox as well as another interview with a person on the ground and a touching, in depth piece with the life of a chiller.

Add to del.icio.us | Digg this

Technorati Technorati Tags: , , ,

Comments:

So what OSes are you running on the machines in the blackbox? Just Solaris or what about VMware ESX with Windows & OpenSolaris & Linux in there?

Posted by Ian Koenig on March 21, 2007 at 04:48 AM MDT #

On the CPUs? Solaris. But we don't really use the machines in the container for "CPU demos", they are more for a demo of how the racks work, how they run, where the airflow goes and such. We have other Project Blackboxes around, the first was a massive Sun Grid configuration.

Our intention is certainly not to limit customers who purchase the container to the best enterprise-ready operating system available (Solaris). They are welcome to use Operating Systems that are less robust ;-)

The way the container works is you basically purchase a data center (the container). You can then work with Sun on a specific configuration of servers and storage that you want to populate it with, or you can just FedEx you data center and use it for a TV viewing room until you populate all of the racks yourself.

When you choose Sun servers with your container, you are not limited to Solaris either...though it is obviously a good choice. Our servers are often supported by Linux distros, etc... Take a look at the Sun Fire X2100 Server as an example.

During the configuration and purchase, you will also look at all of the Managed Services we have to offer to make sure you have everything you need.

Hopefully that answers your question.

Posted by Paul Monday on March 21, 2007 at 06:06 AM MDT #

Post a Comment:
  • HTML Syntax: NOT allowed
About

pmonday

Search

Categories
Archives
« April 2014
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
   
       
Today