Canonical's cloud-in-a-box

From: Rod 
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And it was announced in Atlanta.
http://www.zdnet.com/canonicals-cloud-in-a-box-the-ubuntu-orange-box-7000029575/
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=============================================================== From: Wil Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Canonical might actually make some money off of this. It looks like a really nice setup. RedHat is taking notes I am sure.

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ really nice setup. Looks like a low cost compact rugged Dell VRTX or Intel Mod Server,=20 And yeah, I want one, maybe two. =20

=============================================================== From: Joseph Simoneau ------------------------------------------------------ That looks like a very decent lab for teaching, but yeah....it looks like they would be missing an opportunity by not seeking them. I used to pretend to work for a SMB IT thing, and there were clients that would have loved something like that. Heck, that almost seems like a good hardware platform for a fairly intense homelab or a small hackerspace that is more concerned with space than just minimizing price. -js

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ So, wait, Metal as a Service? https://maas.ubuntu.com/ I am completely disappointed that this doesn't involve USB controlled smoke machines and pyrotechnics, and biting the heads off small animals. \m/ Dan \m/

=============================================================== From: Tom WIlson ------------------------------------------------------

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Chugalug needs a like button. I would like button this like a mug. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ Ok, maybe I'm rather dense... But what makes this box "cloud"? It looks like a server rack with handles to me. If I buy this box and set it in my building, what's the difference between it and just a regular server rack? I can install the same software on a server rack, can't I? Jeff.

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I think its that it comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu's version of Openstack. So other than people getting excited about something thats been around for a while now (see datacenter in a box) I don't see what the big deal is. Openstack is awesome, but if I had to guess, Ubuntu's version of it will only play nice with Ubuntu stuff.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Can one play "The Orange Box" ( http://orange.half-life2.com/ ) on the "Orange Box" ( http://www.tranquilpcshop.co.uk/ubuntu-orange-box/ )? *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Oops - I should have kept reading... Yes, it can. From the end of the article: Dustin Kirkland, Canonical's Cloud Solutions Product Manager, had blogged: "It also makes one hell of a Steam server -- there's a [Juju] charm for that." *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Joseph Simoneau ------------------------------------------------------ I didn't realize those were things. But, yes, it's ubuntu's open stack deployment and management that make it "special". If you wanted to do something similar, supermicro/intel avoton SoC boards in half-depth chasses in an audio rack would probably be cheaper and more scalable if you just care about the hardware. But, I don't know where those chips actually fall compared to i5s....at least they're out of order now. I think when I was pricing them out for my home lab, they are like a grand per node for reasonable SSDs, 32gb of ram, and a small power supply. -js

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ as the article says "Every unit also includes Juju and Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) cloud management and deployment tools." https://juju.ubuntu.com/ https://maas.ubuntu.com/ http://www.zdnet.com/icehouse-new-openstack-cloud-arrives-7000028560/ ----- Joseph Simoneau wrote: