SGI Deploys An Ice Cube

May 28th, 2009 by · Leave a Comment

SGI has deployed one of its modular datacenters, branded the ICE Cube, at i/o Data Center's new Phoenix ONE facility.   i/o has been moving quickly on the huge 530,000 square foot facility, lining up connectivity from  AGL Networks and Qwest and raised flooring from Tate.   One of the last to raise money as the financial industry imploded, they are clearly hoping to capitalize on the slowdown in construction by getting their new space online.  It seems a bit early though for a functional ICE Cube though, I didn't think the facility would be on line yet.  But I guess since these things can be outside, all they need is power and bandwidth, so what the heck.

Now, I have no idea if the ICE Cube and its cousins are really the future of the next datacenter, but one has to say they *look* like the future.  Or at least they look like the inside of the USS Enterprise.

icecube

Of course, that's what it looks like *before* the techs get inside it.  A few days later it will probably look like this:
cable-mess

But that's an different matter entirely.

SGI was until recently known as Rackable Systems until it bought what was left of Silicon Graphics and adopted the Acronym.  Back in the early nineties in grad school I learned UNIX on a Silicon Graphics workstation and I loved those machines, so I'm somewhat glad they chose to carry on the name.  Now I just need to get myself into one of those cubes.

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