St. Louis, notes from Bonnie

April 24th saw our Project Blackbox tour in St. Louis, Missouri. Now, to the casual study, St. Louis looks an awful lot like the exact geographical center of the U.S., but its not. I think, at least for me, the mis perception comes from the Mississippi River that is commonly thought to split the country into two relatively equal halves. The real center of the country is actually near a cornfield in Lebanon, Kansas!

Nonetheless, St. Louis holds the gateway to the West (aka, the Gateway Arch) and is a beautiful city!

Bonnie Bird (previously seen in Littleton, Colorado and Broomfield, Colorado) reappeared with Mark Monroe to host the St. Louis tour stop. There were around 64 visitors to the brief stop with a couple of 3 letter companies and a local college in attendance. Here is Bonnie's report:



With the leadership of Mark Monroe, Director of Sun Labs Sustainable Computing, Sun had another successful get-together in St. Louis on Tuesday 4/24 eeking out a beautiful Sunny afternoon in lieu of predicted thunderstorms -which did hit as we were wrapping up at 5:45pm. Mark Monroe's inside view of the development of the Project Blackbox concept is fascinating for customers and again we had standing room only in Mark's mid-event briefing.

The event also served well as a grand opening for the St. Louis office which has transitioned into a new space recently. Sun employees were pleased to host customers in their new digs although there was embarrassment about the vertigo-inducing tiny-elongated-rectangle striped carpet.

Customers touring Project Blackbox are thrilled with the innovations throughout the compact data center tour including something as simple as a small intelligently designed jack/trolley that operates vertically and horizontally and allows easy access to servers - they want one for the their garage. An engineer from internet access, hosting, and network services provider Savvis said "would like to see components applied to a standard datacenter" which is really illustrates how Sun's innovative approach can extend much further than isolated projects.

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