From the desk of Jack Loftus: This is a work of satire. It is humor, and should be read as such. No Sun servers were harmed in the writing of this article.
Just the other day, as I was touring a real live data center as part of an effort to appear busy, a thought occurred to me that had never struck the ol' grey matter before.
The thought was: This would look great in a trailer.
Nothing fancy mind you, just a little 20'x8' windowless abode that my servers and cables and an administrator could call home. Windows, as you probably know, breed thoughts of going outside and fun and fresh air and therefore hamper productivity. Like vacation days and clocks, they have no place in my DC.
So you can imagine my great surprise when Sun Microsystems, the plucky vendor that graced us all with modern marketing marvels like Sun Grid
, unveiled a literal Winnebago of sorts that I could throw on a flatbed, put my DC in, and then take it. When the world gives you Linux lemons, make OpenSolaris lemonade, right Sun?
To make things even better, they even allowed an elite cadre of data center journalists to go inside of a demo unit. The unit has dual doors apparently, so Sun was able to swing them both wide open and accommodate all of those egos at once. Quite a feat in engineering.
SearchDataCenter.com Site Editor Matt Stansberry said Sun's PR people had Crisco on hand to help get him out of the Blackbox.
"Pile in," said Sun CEO and resident rock star Jonathan Schwartz, "we're going to crank this DC up to 11." That's right kids; the hair isn't just for show.
From Stansberry's article
on the announcement: "Companies that wish to use the prefabricated data centers can simply roll them up to their buildings and plug them in -- water chillers, AC power and backup generators not included."
I agree, and as a moonlighting thief myself, I’d encourage the rest of my ilk to wait until nightfall and "simply roll" the prefab DC onto an idling truck and drive it away to China for some serious black market cash.
Sun also said that the trailers could be outfitted with other vendor's hardware should the customer require it, which led this literally thinking journo to inquire: "Then why don't people just go buy a trailer from a dump and fill it themselves?" Unfortunately, I was sitting alone at my desk at the time and my monitor didn't say anything, as usual.
Now, it's still very early in the Sun Blackbox program, but already I have managed to compile a list of activities the curious DC admin should and should not do with one of these things. DO
place you Sun Blackbox in your front yard on cement blocksDO NOT
place your Sun Blackbox near the SuperdomeDO
appear trendy and decorate the side with 7EEt speak phrases like "My Blackbox is the suxx00r!"DO NOT
decorate the sides with phrases like "steal me"DO
engage in team building exercises and allow stressed out administrators access to a crane so they can play "Sun Blackbox Tetris"DO NOT
use vodka instead of water to cool the serversDO
have the occasional rave and install a working wet barDO NOT
place Sun Blackboxes on the cliff edges or very steep hills.DO
buy a thousand units if you are the U.S. Government and then leave them unlocked. Laptop theft is so passéDO NOT
enter your Sun Blackbox in a tractor pullJack Loftus is News Writer for SearchOpenSource.com.