What's in that rack? Overseas Edition

The tour moves on in Switzerland this week. The unit that is on display has two racks equipped with CPU and Storage from Sun Microsystems. As has been discussed liberally, equipment from other companies can easily fit into the rack if they conform to the standard 19" rack with a depth of less than 30.75". If you've been around racks, you know there are different Rail Mount kits, the current racks use a RETMA rail mount kit.

As a teaser, here are Morey Bevers and Bob Lecoq loading Rack 8! Not everything is automated these days. When you order a Project Blackbox and you decide that Sun Servers are the most efficient payload to be running in your unit, we'll take great care when loading up your Project Blackbox unit, and if you want, we could probably put on some Sun SPOTs to ensure you have the best in shipping.

There are two populated racks in the overseas unit, Rack 8 and Rack 2. The list of contents is from top to bottom, links take you out to the appropriate product page for more details:

Occasionally, Mr. Carvalho gets in and shuffles some equipment around, but that is pretty much the layout!

One very interesting thing about Rack 8 is the inclusion of our Sun Blade 8000, shown below, with two populated blades.

We, of course, had to populate the rack prior to the announcement of our Sun Blade 6000 Series, our new 10 Blade, 10 Rack Unit Modular System.

A couple of other notes on the systems loaded in here, we've been chalking up the rave reviews and excitement in all of our offerings, from software to systems.

Take a look at eWeek's Sun Fire Server Packs Storage Punch. As for the System's Group here at Sun Microsystems, we get it, you want your storage next to your CPUs but you also want options for your storage to be in iSCSI SANs or Fibre Channel SANs. X4500 is a great start but I would have to doubt that we're finished there.

And speaking of data and information, how about that eWeek Excellence Award for ZFS in the E-Business Foundations category.

If you want to refresh yourself on the equipment that the U.S. / Canada Tour had in it, you can go to one of my previous blog posts.

And finally, one aesthetic note. I moved the U.S. / Canadian Tour Map to the bottom of the page. With the U.S. / Canada leg of the tour quiet, I wanted to leave the focus on the tour overseas, but be sure you still had access to the U.S. / Canada Tour map to scroll around and click on your favorite cities to check out the photos. I will keep the tour map down below for now, please continue to enjoy and click through to the SmugMug U.S. Gallery.

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Hi, Not sure of where to ask there but I am curious as to what language the presentation in Belgium will be conducted in? (Flemish, French or English?) I'm over this side of the world from Australia and am farely excited to see it on tour whilst i'm here as I wasn't able to get much information out of our Sun partner manager back home on the topic. David

Posted by David on June 13, 2007 at 08:59 AM MDT #

That is an EXCELLENT question! Let me check and hopefully I'll have an answer by the morning (my time :-)

Posted by Paul Monday on June 13, 2007 at 09:53 AM MDT #

Any news on language?

Posted by David on June 20, 2007 at 09:28 AM MDT #

Hi David, the presentation was done in English. This is what we mostly do when we have a mixed audience of Dutch/French and sometimes English speakers. Best from Belgium. Inge

Posted by inge on July 04, 2007 at 12:21 AM MDT #

Any news on language?

Posted by ilan on February 02, 2008 at 02:25 AM MST #

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