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Posted Wednesday, April 01, 2009 8:19 PM


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Excuse me, I am being dumb again, but I don't see the purpose of such a mobile datacentre. My server/s has my data for my company in it, why would I want it mobile. Unless of course you are make a roaring business of a hotdog stand and you want to move your datacenter with you where you go! Hey, just joking but really can someone enlighten me 'cause I don't understand.

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Would be good should you need to move office, but it's not likely to happen regularly.

Probs better on a MUCH smaller scale, so that you could set up a network before deploying it to, for example, a new branch.
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Security anyone ? Think of the ramifications for even the most basic security needs - access alone for starters. Imagine what the SOX and HIPPA auditors would think and say ...



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It has potential to be really secure though. For example, HBOS has mobile Bank Branches for the most rural of areas!

Basically (probs a LOT more to it) a converted transit van which calls back into base to update databases and the like.
Thinking about it, they'd be quite good for that!
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I have a problem, at least judging from the picture provided in the editorial. It looks like only one side of the racking is accessable to a person standing in the container. I don't know how much these units in the racking slide out, but it seems to me it could make things difficult to maintain. Over time, network configurations change, servers will get added, parts and equipment need replacing. While it may be possible to do that in one of these containers, it does look harder to work with the back side of the servers. As someone who's worked for a number of companies and needed access to both sides of the server racking, I see this as a detraction of this type of setup.
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Move racks? Difficult you say? Not so. I watch people pull whole racks, disconnect them, move them a substantial distance and plug them back in. I've even seen it done by one person. And they are about to do it again. You can watch too if you want. These folk are going to move a bunch of stuff into whatever they wind up calling Node 3.

"What the hell is Charles talking about now?" Well don't think IIS. Think ISS! Put your "container" in orbit. Now hold on. This has possibilities. Near zero G means that you have only mass to consider, not weight, when moving things. Access is even easier when needed. "To reach that damn connector I'd have to be standing on my head." No problem. I'm physically challenged myself. This could be a big help. The commute sucks.

A Geo-Sync data center (centre) has other advantages. Spinning disk drivers are mini gyroscopes anyway. Gravity increases the wear. That would be reduced. As to power, it all has to be solar! Think Green. Heat dissipation got you concerned? The vacuum of space to the rescue. I still think that at hot side/cold side Stirling engine would be practical given enough space. Then just look at your C-zero. Psychical security is a no-brainer.

Now planning ahead would be key. "Can you pop over and just add an additional drive to the HR server? These job losses are giving us a wee bit of log pressure." Your MTBF numbers had better stand up to real world, well off-world, usage.

OK, fun aside for now. There are down to earth practicalities for having your server complex movable. You need to put it on good shock mounts. I take earthquake preparedness seriously too. Properly done the center might survive even if most of the rest of the building does not.


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I know of one company who has them sat on pallets - we don't get many earthquakes at all in the UK, so shock mounting isn't an issue. We do get lots of rain though, so in case of flooding, pallet mounted racks means that they can be quickly disconnected and forklifted into a lorry.

hmm.... Mass server theft anyone?!
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HIPPA/SOX: Lots of hosting centers deal with security requirements by building a chain link fence around an area. It works, but it's not efficent, not that expandable, and arguably less secure since you can see in. Moving/consolidating racks as you grow gets hard.

However I could see that once you were of a certain size, you could rent an entire container for our equipment. Then you can secure that however you need. Motion sensors to prevent movement, independent alarms, etc.







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