[clug] Compute cubes: Do these already exist?

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Wed Feb 27 23:54:57 GMT 2008

Anyone remember the 'Cobalt Cube'?

SUN bought the company and buried the product.

Does anyone know of a 'compute cube' being sold/marketed for the
home/SOHO or 'work-group' market?
I.e. a server without KVM etc or capable of more storage than its boot
device, but with high-power CPUs and lots of memory.

It presumes 'remote desktop' software for display and a storage
appliance for data.

The usefulness is being able to site the noisy/power-hungry/hot devices
away from places you want to keep quiet, and you can secure the
important stuff - your data & apps.

Obviously not suitable for gamers & people who need lots of peripherals.
But might work for those doing video, image manipulation or large
computing tasks.

The box wouldn't need a standard ATX range of peripherals/connectors -
only needs power + network.
This is *not* an appliance type device - power-hungry and hot -
something you'd want to turn itself off when not being used :-)
[Which says 'wake-on-LAN as well]

Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
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PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA

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