Tuesday, May 13th 2014

Tranquil PC and Mark Shuttleworth Launch Ubuntu Orange Box

At the end of November 2013, Ubuntu / Canonical contacted Tranquil PC to commission the design and manufacture of what would become known as 'The Orange Box'. Today, 13th May 2014, Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth launches the product to the world at OpenStack (Atlanta).

The Orange Box is an innovative, custom designed micro cluster chassis, envisioned by Canonical, and contract manufactured by TranquilPC Limited. The chassis includes a small cluster of Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) boards, and is particularly well suited for portable demonstration and local prototyping of cloud workloads. The Orange Box, manufactured in the UK to exacting standards is available to order and ships internationally (free of charge). For more information, visit this page.
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10 Comments on Tranquil PC and Mark Shuttleworth Launch Ubuntu Orange Box

#3
ZeppMan217
Ferrum Master said:
How Valve looks at this?
They're glad that Ubuntu isn't left for dead.
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#4
natr0n
anyone thinking "wow 80mm fan" ?
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#5
theJesus
Nifty, but rather pricey.
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#6
progste
natr0n said:
anyone thinking "wow 80mm fan" ?
I'm thinking "wow integrated graphics"
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#7
phanbuey
or "wow, 6 lan ports and appliance lighting in the front?"

Seems like this is a cloud appliance/server, not a PC... from their site:

"Each Orange Box contains 10 nodes, each with 4 cores, 16GB of RAM, and generous SSD storage. The box is pre-loaded with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, MAAS, and Juju."

pretty sweet...
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#8
lZKoce
I don't get it- portable "prototyping of cloud workloads"? What is that supposed to mean? What does it do? Looks pretty though :)
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#9
Jizzler
lZKoce said:
I don't get it- portable "prototyping of cloud workloads"? What is that supposed to mean? What does it do? Looks pretty though :)
It's a 10-node cluster you can bring to trade shows, conventions, or investor meetings for live demonstrations of distributed computing.

- If you've created the next big cloud thing and are looking for deep pockets to buy out your technology, this is a nice show piece.

- Developers of MMOs have setup mini-realms at shows before, so that users can play with future expansions.

The theme you may have noticed is that it'll get seen by other people at various locations which is why it's so pretty and compact.
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#10
Tarkhein
lZKoce said:
I don't get it- portable "prototyping of cloud workloads"? What is that supposed to mean? What does it do? Looks pretty though :)
Imagine what ten computers can be used for. Now imagine that those ten computers are portable. This is that ten computers in a portable chassis (if 19KG can be considered portable, 29KG with the optional case).
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