Office In-a-box. 可能會有"機動辦公室出租"公司, 他們可依顧客需求,在任何需要的地方設立一個臨時辦公室, for days, weeks, or months. 也許是某大型活動現場, 也許是一個工地的臨時辦公室, 也許是季節性或一次性的產業. 在一天之內舒適全功能, 任何size的辦公室就可以設立.
House In-a-box. 現在的組合屋需要現場組裝, 而且電器家具也沒附在裡面, 也許有一天我們可以上網買或租一塊地, 然後"組合"自己的 dream vacation house. And in few days, instead of months or even years, your beautiful, custom-made house will be shipped right to the spot. 也許"House In-a-box"會綜合了當今豪華RV的優點but at half the ownership cost. 當你厭倦了一個地方, 只需打一通電話, 拖車就可以將妳的房子拖到下一個地方.
Shop/Franchise In-a-box 連鎖店. 很多連鎖店的生意是季節性的: 夏天在Martha's Vindyard 或 Cap May賣冰淇淋及熱狗的商店到了冬天就關門了. 冬天在紐約的Lake Placid 或 Vermont的Stratton賣熱蘋果汁及熱咖啡 的商店在夏天的生意就冷淡許多. 如果那些商店能夠隨季節變換呢? 如果公園管理處能夠有一種self-sufficient的季節性小店對周遭的環境的impact及footprint可以減到最低呢?
你是不是也有許多 In-A-Box ideas 呢? 要不要跟我一起到Oregon的牧場上去開一家customizable, mobile data farm呢? 聽說他們有全國最便宜的電費喔...
Sun to Introduce Ready-to-Ship Total Data Center
By CHRISTOPHER LAWTON
October 17, 2006; Page B3
Sun Microsystems Inc. is trying to think outside the box by putting a computer room into one.
The computer maker, based in Santa Clara, Calif., today will announce a prototype for a data center in a box -- an array of servers, data-storage devices and networking gear packed into a 20-foot shipping container, making it easier to be delivered anywhere.
Sun says the concept, called Project Blackbox, should appeal to companies that need computing resources on short notice or in unusual locations. Oil companies could use mobile data centers to operate on offshore oil rigs or in developing nations, company officials say. The concept also could work in military applications, where computing power needs to be deployed rapidly, they add.
Customers would have the ability to relocate the mobile data centers "as energy sources, capacity and costs change," says Dave Douglas, Sun vice president of advanced technology.
Despite the size limitations of shipping containers, Sun says a Blackbox can hold up to 250 of its servers and use 20% less power than typical data centers. The company isn't releasing pricing information yet. It expects to begin selling the boxes in the middle of next year.
Project Blackbox is the latest in a series of efforts by Sun to do more than simply sell servers, as the company attempts to return to consistent profitability. Sun posted a 29% jump in sales in its fiscal fourth quarter, ended June 30, yet reported a net loss because of acquisition and restructuring costs.
To keep the servers cool in such compact quarters, Sun places water-based heat exchangers between each rack of servers. The servers blow out hot air, which is cooled as it is drawn through the cold water inside the heat exchanger. Most data centers use air cooling only.
Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst for the market-research firm Insight 64, says the concept could appeal to customers who are growing quickly. He adds, however, that customers could encounter problems in getting network connections rapidly in some locations.
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