Shipping The PetaBox

     Well, it's officially a version 1.0, and we're shipping it out the door -- literally!  We spent yesterday tearing it down and boxing it up, and today the shippers came and hauled it away.  I managed to snap a few pictures, though.

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Various people helping the PetaBox rack out the door.

CR Saikley, PetaBox hardware engineer extraordinaire, smiling next to the empty rack.

The shippers are wrapping up the empty rack before they crate it up for export, on the front entryway to the Internet Archive HQ.

More wrapping from a different angle, showing that yes the rack is indeed empty (except for switches and cables).

Saran-wrapped rack going into the crate.

Egads that's a lot of wrap.

Close-up of the switches and cables, which we left in the rack to make setting it up in Amsterdam easier.

Don't get your head caught in that thing! Next stop is Amsterdam!

This is what happened to the individual server nodes -- each went into a box, packed with styrofoam, 79 in all.

We originally made stickers for each box for the names of the nodes in them, but someone decided to write the names on the boxes too.

Close-up of the label on the Petarouter Backup node, which has a descriptive name as well as an "ia200XYY" format name (2 = data center number, 00 = rack number, X = rack side, YY = shelf position).

The bare spot on the floor where rack 00 used to be. Note the indentation on the carpet (3/4 of a ton, loaded up).

These are the USB storage devices ("boot/rescue floppy" substitutes for the PetaBox nodes) that we're keeping in San Francisco. We seem to have misplaced 'A', we're shipping 'B'-'E' to Amsterdam, and we're keeping 'F'-'I'.

These are the nodes we're keeping in SF for continued development of the software. More will be arriving soonish, and CR and Bruce can start filling up the next nine racks to make the full PetaByte storage system for Amsterdam.

One of the nodes we're keeping is homeserver-bu-sf, a backup "homeserver" node, which represents our primary copy of all of the PetaBox software and configuration. Using this node, we can make as many Storage and Homeserver nodes we need out of "blank" nodes. There is also a copy on my laptop, and on my home workstation, on Bruce's workstation, and an older version on my office workstation.

The 80th box is full of cables and misc stuff. The numbers came out quite nicely, as 40 of these boxes go on a standard industrial palette, so we're filling exactly two palettes.

Our celebration feast features an assortment of fine beverages.

Brad started a betting pool on how many of the nodes would survive the trip to Amsterdam. "Survived" is defined as "boots up to a login: prompt, without having to work on or replace any internal parts or software". Each number costs $1. That's my "76" wager second from the top (I'm known as "Bill" at work, names with no vowels throw people off).