Ubuntu Orange Box: the suitcase-sized server

Canonical has unveiled the Ubuntu Orange Box – a portable server designed for quick OpenStack deployments.

Ubuntu Orange Box: the suitcase-sized server

The Orange Box – which was designed by British computer manufacturer Tranquil – is the size of a roll-along suitcase and, at 32kg with all the accessories and flight case, is just about light enough to be shipped in checked luggage (with some fairly hefty excess baggage charges on most airlines).

Inside the box are ten micro-server nodes, each containing an Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3427U CPU, 16GB of RAM and an 120GB SSD. Four of the nodes contain extra SSD storage and one of the nodes has a 2TB hard drive, as well as a Wi-Fi connection.

The box is pre-loaded with the recently released Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which Canonical will support for the next five years.

It also contains deployable workloads for OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and Hadoop, allowing customers to “create your first cloud than with Canonical engineers by your side,” according to the company.

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, speaking at the OpenStack summit in Atlanta, said “you can do anything with these Orange Boxes”, according to a report on ZDNet. “These are a great way to learn how to use distributed systems,” he added.

The Orange Box is available to order from Tranquil, with prices starting at £7,575 exc VAT.

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