Our little cloud boxes

By Greg DeKoenigsberg | July 24, 2013

A lot of people have been visiting our table in the OSCON Hack Zone — mostly because of the presence of our Little Black Boxes.

The common question we’ve heard: “where did you guys *get* those things?”

INORITE? They are *totally* cute.  We bought the parts and assembled them ourselves.  They are now Standard Issue to all new Eucalyptus engineers; a short stack of three gives any engineer enough firepower to do serious development and testing on the whole Eucalyptus stack.

Here’s the parts list from Amazon.com, courtesy of the talented and ruggedly handsome @zacharyjhill:

The main housing unit is an Intel NUC, about 4″ by 4″ by 2″. The SSD is available in different sizes; ours is 128GB. With some of the boxes, we only use 8GB of RAM and with others we use 16GB. We also like to have wireless, though it’s not required – and don’t forget the cheapo power cable.

Note the coffee cup in the foreground. Yes, they're that small.

Note the coffee cup in the foreground. Yes, they’re that small.

Building a fully functional 3-node Eucalyptus developer cloud: $1500.

Having an entire AWS-compatible cloud the approximate size of a coffee cup: priceless.

Awesome USB pens with complete virtual Eucalyptus cloud not included — those you’ll have to get from us at OSCON. Come see us in the Hack Zone. ;)

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