Back in November 2013 Mark Shuttleworth, of Ubuntu, commissioned Tranquil PC to design and develop a unique, transportable, rugged, micro cluster that could demonstrate and develop on demand cloud services.
The result of that commission is the new Ubuntu Orange Box that is equipped with 10 nodes with Intel i5‐3427U processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM and generous solid state disk (SSD) (120GB per node) storage.
Other features of the Ubuntu Orange Box include : D-Link DGS-1100-16 managed gigabit switch with 802.1q VLAN support, all 10 nodes are internally connected to this gigabit switch, 100-240V AC/DC power supply (with loop power out 110/240V)
“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).
In aggregate, this micro cluster effectively fields 40 cores, 160GB of RAM, 1.2TB of solid state storage, and is connected over an internal gigabit network fabric. A single fan quietly cools the power supply, while all of the nodes are passively cooled by aluminum heat sinks spanning each side of the chassis.”
For more information on the new Ubuntu Orange Box jump over to the Tranquil website for details.