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Building Next Gen Datacenter – Portable Datacenter in a Pelican Case

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on September 28, 2014

The cloud is great, but sometimes you really need to have a portable solution and here it is. I call it the Pelicase Datacenter (someone used that name in a twitter feed and I think its kind of cool.)

Before you dig in the list a couple of questions that pops up all the time:

Question: What about heat issues?

Answer: The only hot item is the LED lamp, the router is getting warm but the rest of the stuff keeps cool forever. I have been using the Pelicase for book writing the entire summer, the longest “uptime” is more then 40 hours. Just to get you some number:

After 8 hours of operation in a room with 25 degrees Celsius/77 Fahrenheit degrees .

  • The NUS’s is 30 degrees Celsius / 86 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The power supply is 41 degrees Celsius / 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The switch is 41 degrees Celsius / 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit
  • the router is 42 degrees Celsius / 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit

Question: What’s the price for all of it?

Answer: I have no idea and the reason is very simple. I have friends working on some of these companies.

The Pictures

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The complete setup with my Laptop on the right side and the Pelicase Datacenter on the left. They are connected using a 1GB network cable.

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A closer look at the Pelicase Datacenter.

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In the front you can see the LED USB light used to light up the keyboard that is in front of the case.

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The TINY Router, configured for routing using cable or 3/4G and support for Wireless access to the Datacenter.

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The 6 PSU’s need for the 6 Intel NUC’s.

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The GB Switch.

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The 6 Intel NUC’s, 5 of them is running Hyper-V and the last one is running Windows 8.1

The Shopping list

The Case:

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http://www.pelicancases.com/1500-p/1500.htm

The Router/Wireless/Firewall:

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http://www.dovado.com/en/products

The Screen:

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http://www.gechic.com/product_help_en.asp?s=3

The Switch (current):

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http://www.linksys.com/en-apac/products/switches/SE2800

The Switch (previous):

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http://www.netgear.com/business/products/switches/unmanaged-plus/gigabit-plus-switch.aspx#tab-models

The USB LED Lamp:

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http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/catalog/products/80243801/

The Intel NUC’s:

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http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-d54250wyk.html

Supported Memory:

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Memory I use:

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http://www.kingston.com/en/memory/search/Default.aspx?DeviceType=2&Mfr=INT&Line=D54250WYK&Model=85387&Description=Kingston_ValueRam_Memory_HyperX_Memory_for_Intel_D54250WYK_Next_Unit_of_Computing_(NUC)

Disk drives:

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http://ark.intel.com/products/75331/Intel-SSD-530-Series-240GB-2_5in-SATA-6Gbs-20nm-MLC

The keyboard and mouse:

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http://plexgear.com/

Software:

All NUC’s runs Windows Server 2012 R2 as Hyper-V hosts, but there is a whole lot more around the software and configuration, so this last part will be updated later this week(end)

Setup & Configuration:

TBA

/mike

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