Skip to comments.Microsoft created a portable data center the size of a shipping container connected by SpaceX satellites that can be placed anywhere — take a look
Posted on 10/22/2020 4:14:42 PM PDT by srmanuel
Microsoft Azure just announced a new design for modular, portable data centers. Azure is the company's cloud computing service, used by big names including Boeing, eBay, and Samsung.
The Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC) is designed to work just about anywhere, including nontraditional areas where cloud computing previously wouldn't have been possible. Data centers are the "backbone of the Internet," where data and photos from the cloud are physically stored
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Meh. Now, if they can manage to get Windows 10 updates to work right that - that - would be an accomplishment!
Looks like it needs some serious Grid Power.
It can be anywhere close to a seriously connected transformer.
Thats probably got all our votes for the 2024 presidential election already counted.
And dont forget the serious cooling system, too!
We did something like that back in the 80’s when I was in the Navy. Converted an 8 x 8 paint locker into a mobile COMSEC/ELINT pod, and would drop it aboard various ships afloat for a small cruise here or there. Yes, we called it “PL-1”, or “Paint locker”.
We also had a medium sized intercept vehicle, called NOMAD, which resembled a large refrigerated vegetable truck.
Then, the creme’ de la creme, was Coyote, a 45’ long solid white trailer pulled behind a snub-nose Peterbilt tractor trailer, which collected from 0 to 10.2 GHz RF, HFDF, voice, video, lots of HP Spectrum Analyzers, a dedicated CTM crew, a dedicated EN pair of driver/backup driver, and lots of us CTT’s to wire all sorts of things together.
Lots of fun was had by all with that one.
I am afraid that the next release of SpaceX will lock everything up and keep asking for the password even after you CAREFULLY put in the right one.
Then when they call for support, Manu, uh I mean Steve, will respond with “Is your space capsule properly plugged in?”
I did a search for SpaceX satellite connections and found this:
The two benchmark tests, conducted using Ooklas Speedtest.net service, show Starlink achieving a 102 to 103Mbps download rate, 40 to 42Mbps upload rate, and a latency of 18 to 19ms. (Note: Ookla is owned by Ziff Davis, PCMag.com’s parent company.)
(For comparison, the average latency for fixed broadband in the US is 25ms, while the rate on mobile networks is at 48ms, according to Speedtest.net.)
Most people focus on bandwidth, but latency is king! During the 1980’s I would point out that the highest bandwidth for long haul was a Mack Truck filled with magnetic tapes. It provided the best bandwidth, but the latency wasn’t particularly good. :) Latency comes to the foreground for any protocols used for two-way communication.
The I.E.E.E. (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) had an article in the 1980’s where they reported that high tech firms in San Francisco were using rolls of microfiche attached to the feet of carrier pigeons for large data transfers within the city and surrounding areas. This was at a time when modems were connected to phone lines for the highest data transfer rates.
Is your space capsule properly plugged in?
Try turning it off, then on again.
Didn’t Microsoft dump a data center module into the sea off the coast of Scotland a few years back just so it could use the sea water to cool off and get it’s power from waves?
>>Try turning it off, then on again.<<
“That was the first thing I tried before I called! I am the Mission Commander! I wrote the specs for this software!”
“Have you finished turning it off and on?”
And it will make sure you have plenty of Bing and Cortana.
“During the 1980s I would point out that the highest bandwidth for long haul was a Mack Truck filled with magnetic tapes. It provided the best bandwidth, but the latency wasnt particularly good. “
There is a technical definition for bandwidth and the now bastardized definition. Yours is neither.
And yet, everyone who heard this understood my point, that bandwidth is not the end all of data transfer rates. The latency, which was commonly ignored, is a major component of many/most data transfer systems.
“The latency, which was commonly ignored, is a major component of many/most data transfer systems.”
Not commonly ignored. Much work has been done in this area.
Those updates are all about spying on you.
“Those updates are all about spying on you.”
As is all of Win 10. Not that Apple is any better, esp their phones.
Not commonly ignored. Much work has been done in this area.
My story was from the 1980's. My statement, as seen above, is that latency was commonly ignored. And it WAS commonly ignored. At that time, it was typical to rate disks by throughput and channels by bandwidth, but seldom WAS latency mentioned for either.
Being an electrical engineer with a Master's degree in computer science, my secondary job was developing benchmarks and models to make our mainframe batch and transaction processing applications run faster. (My primary job was the architecture of our database integrity control mechanisms including the reliability and recovery our our databases and batch work flows after crashes.) Occasionally, I would take over from our benchmark services group and work on customer benchmarks directly.
I worked with and provided direction to our system performance groups. I provided tools for them that I developed myself.
In short, I am a computer professional and I understand bandwidth, latency, and how they interrelate in both networking and disk access situations.
So quit your carping!
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