By pmonday on Mar 02, 2007
At the moment, I'm sitting in the San Francisco airport awaiting my late flight back to Colorado.
Just like Darth Vader and the Emperor, we too have more than one (not so secret) "container" that is circling a local Sun (Microsystems location). We had the opportunity to visit the one near San Francisco as they did testing on electronic emissions from the container.
What really struck me most about the container was not the ingenious technology inside, or the blend of disciplines that goes into building this data center in a shipping container, or the raw compute power represented in this shipping container.
More than those thoughts, what sticks with me is how natural it is to see a data center in a parking lot. Computers shouldn't really be built to be pretty, they are a tool for work. Even folks that are proud of their tools rarely hang them on the wall in the living room for everyone to view when they walk through to the dining room.
So, again, I have to encourage you if you are in the New York area to be sure to go to the event registration page and take an opportunity to see the container at Grand Central Station on March 5th, 6th and 7th.
That said, the last cable pictures I posted this morning were for a partially populated unit. Here is the overhead cabling for a more fully populated container.
And here is the articulated cable tray (don't you love saying that?) with a blue relief.
No, the blue relief was not photo-shopped in or something. The container in the San Francisco area has blue lighting along the container walls with the main aisle having the white light. It is quite tranquil overall, here is a look at it in the early evening.
Alright, see you in SFO or DIA!