A Data Center That Fits in the Overhead Bin

Jimmy Pike is the director of systems architecture for the Data Center Solutions group here at Dell and self-proclaimed “head geek.”   Using a tool case with its insides stripped out, part of an old inbox and a bunch of off the shelf components he has created the world’s first portable “data center.”   (All for the princely sum of ~$2,000)

This former toolkit now holds:

  • Two dual-socket servers featuring 2.5GHz Intel processors
  • One server running Windows ‘03 acting as the DHCP and domain server and the other running Red Hat linux.
  • 2 x 1TB SATA drives for each of the servers
  • 32GB of memory
  • A single central power supply
  • A 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch
  • 2 x 500GB scratch discs

and a whole bunch more…

Extra credit reading:

GigaOm – Exclusive: Dell Shows Off a Data Center — In a Briefcase!

Pau for now…

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