On the grass just outside the entrance to our Menlo Park campus, there’s a big brown rectangle where they had the Blackbox sitting; it’d been taken up to San Francisco for the Analyst Summit and Education conference.
I was talking to a Canadian sales guy whose territory includes a whole lot of mountains and forests and so on; he told me he thought he could sell a few. I wondered about the pricing, and his come-back was instructive: “Pricing? We’re talking about operations at the end of a long dirt road with blackflies in the summer and blizzards in the winter. Do you have any idea how much you’d have to pay skilled people to do the work up there? And with the economy hot, you might not even find anyone willing to go. You can set up a Blackbox in regular office hours in a warehouse in Winnipeg.”
Hmm, I’ve never used the lights-out management tools on any of our servers. They’d better be good.