Phew, end of the week...the summary
By pmonday on Feb 16, 2007
The tour made it successfully to Alabama today! By next week we'll be in Georgia and moving East at a quick pace. We just received a tour summary for the week and the numbers are, quite frankly, astounding. Out of the 5 primary stops this week, about 580 people toured the container. Keep in mind, we're talking about a data center! The interest in this innovative, paradigm-breaking way to deploy data centers is evident.
There are 3 main stops next week, it will be interesting to see if we can break the 1,000 individual tour mark. That is pretty good "person throughput" for a shipping container ;-)
Rather than post new pictures today, I figured I'd link out to some interesting blogs and pictures that have appeared as the result of the tour. These are well worth taking a look at and have some great pictures or thoughts.
This first one, Touring the Sun "Project Blackbox", documents a tour of the container in Austin, TX. There is an excellent picture of the inner hatch with the tool attached that you turn to get into the central corridor. There is also a picture of what we've been informally calling the "control rack". This rack contains the dehumidifier, some network switches and other essentials. Overall, some excellent pictures and perspectives. As you look at the rack configurations, keep in mind the "standard" equipment is not fully locked down ;-)
Gene Saunders from Sun wrote The Blackbox has left the building.... It has a very nice perspective of how you would expect to be grouped and standing and, of course, listening attentively as you are on the tour. There is also a picture of the "swag" that some of the tour stops are giving out. And, yes, it goes fast. There is also a bit of information from the SunSPOTs that are affixed to the container.
And, finally for this week, here is a link to Sun's Blackbox Brings Flexibility to Today's Datacenters a picture-free summary of Project Blackbox at the Sun Analyst Summit in San Francisco.
Finally, to anyone blogging, try to tag your blog entry with "project blackbox" if you have tagging support. That will help the search engines.