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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

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.

A closer look at the Pelicase Datacenter.

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

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

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

The GB Switch.


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:


The Router/Wireless/Firewall:


The Screen:


The Switch (current):


The Switch (previous):


The USB LED Lamp:


The Intel NUC’s:


Supported Memory:


Memory I use:


Disk drives:


The keyboard and mouse:



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:



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