Week in Review and A Couple 'o Links
By pmonday on Mar 04, 2007
I figured a few notes on the past week were in order. The Washington D.C. area was extremely successful and we're expecting New York's Grand Central Station to be just as exciting.
As you can see from the picture at the Washington D.C. Marriott, the line can get a bit long. At Grand Central Station, we are hoping to get Hal Stern some things to juggle in order to keep the line entertained. It is a strange thing about computer people, lots of them can juggle (disclaimer: I don't honestly know if Hal is one of the folks that can juggle). Perhaps if Hal can't juggle, David Douglas can. At any rate, here is a shot of the line from Washington D.C., if there are no jugglers, be sure to have your Nintendo DS along!
The totals from Washington D.C. area are astounding, especially considering most of the stops were not advertised ;-) There were over 700 contacts in the Washington D.C. area. I realize that there have been some skeptical bloggers out in the world that think this is just some sort of attention grabbing idea. But customers and folks in charge of data centers really get it, this is a technology they understand and need. Sun has certainly struck a chord with it.
I was amused by Don MacAskill's SmugBlog entry calling Project Blackbox "just pimp". For those not in with the slang today, "just pimp" is a term meaning "cool" or "sweet" in 80's terminology. I don't have the 70's or 60's equivalent of "just pimp". Feel free to add it to comments.
SmugMug is a company that is perfect for many of Sun's innovative ideas, especially around rapidly expanding data centers. SmugMug has rapidly expanding content growth (for which Sun's storage can help with things like Honeycomb and the Sun Fire X4500) as well as rapid CPU growth for which our Sun Fire X2200 M2 server is an ideal fit, as mentioned by Don. Be sure to check out SmugMug for photo sharing!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the following link as well. Corey Donovan, author of the article Sun’s DataCenterMobile, the Wienermobile and other type hits at vibrant.com meant his reference as a compliment. Corey put the Project Blackbox tour in the same class as the Oscar Meyer's Wienermobile. This is truly, some sort of prestigious reference...I think...
At any rate, I have a new genre of post coming up this week, a blog interview with Joe Carvalho, one of the Global Architects working with Project Blackbox. It is a brief, on the spot interview so you can get a sense of Project Blackbox from folks closely associated with the project.