On the Road to Austin
By pmonday on Feb 08, 2007
The tours are filling up fast. If you're interested in Project Blackbox be sure to register for one of the locations. When you look at the schedule, you'll note there is only a limited time at each location. Time at each location can't really be extended as we have to get from city to city. There were over 70 people registered at one of the Austin locations, that is officially jam-packed (I think that's the marketing word).
The picture I posted yesterday, yes, that is the ground. I doubt you see that on the official pictures page but it is perfect blogging material. Anyone that can get interesting pictures like the ground cable, send them my way and we'll get them posted.
Here is a picture of the touring box with one of the racks pulled out into the corridor. Keep in mind that the racks are facing front to back in the container and are back to back with fans and environmental equipment. As such, you pull the rack out into the corridor (one of these blogs I'll show you the equipment to do this) to access the equipment.
As you can see in the rack, there are storage arrays as well as our rack-based systems. Can anyone name the systems from top to bottom??????? Customers will work with Sun Microsystems on the contents of their own container. Clearly, Sun servers, Sun Storage, Sun Managed Services and Sun management software (like Sun Management Center, Sun N1 Grid Engine, and Sun's StorageTek Common Array Manager) are perfect matches as you want to be able to manage the entire environment without ever entering the container. On the other hand, the racks are standard 19", 40 rack units with about 35 of the rack units usable (depending on the power supply needs of each rack, etc...) so you can certainly move existing equipment into the container.
As you sign up for the tour, keep in mind a few things. You are in close quarters when you're walking through the container. Also, don't wear heels if you can avoid it. You are on the bed of a semi :-)
You may notice that the GPS is not updating en route. This should be fixed some time in Austin so we will be back to my normal polling interval after Austin. We will actually have redundant GPS systems after Austin, one through Safefreight, and one through the SunSPOTs.