I had the pleasure last week of working with a Bothell-based hardware vendor, Silicon Mechanics, and a company called Private Cloud Leasing to get CloudStack up and running on what is literally a datacenter on wheels (the small unit in the picture).
We took this Cloud-on-Wheels to the LinuxFest Northwest show at Bellingham Technical College, and put it on the expo hall floor.
On Sunday, we unplugged it and rolled it out of the expo hall, across the plaza, and up to one of the classrooms for the CloudStack session. The unit itself is self-propelled, runs on UPS, and you can basically move it around any building that is wheelchair accessible.
The Cloud-on-Wheels generated A LOT OF ATTENTION (it’s very blue) and thus was a great draw to the booth and session. As we rolled the unit through the hallways of the college, it was a bit like the Pied Piper…we had a group of folks following us, curious to see what we were doing with this thing....