I was reading Barton George’s blog and he pointed to a YouTube video tour of online.net.
Online.net, owned by the Iliad group, is the second largest hoster in the French market. The company had traditionally been focused on the higher end of the dedicated hosting market with services starting at 29.99 euro/month and predominantly based on Dell’s rack mounted servers. About three years ago they began exploring the possibility of providing a lighter weight entry-level offering targeted at SMBs.
Online engaged Dell’s Data Center Solutions (DCS) group and the two teams began brainstorming around system designs to meet the needs of this new segment. The design that DCS came up with was the Via processor-based microserver the Dell X511-VX8, code name“Fortuna” (please note I had nothing to do with the official naming of this product ). The system handles one OS and app per server, has one 1 CPU per server and features 12 servers per chassis.
Online.net's "START" line of offerings, beginning with the microserver enabled, Dedibox SC.
The video has 14,0000 views in a month.
Here is one of the money shot for Dell and there a bunch others in the video.
The text is all in French, but it still is one of the more interesting data center videos as it shows the whole data center including servers(Dell), networking (Cisco), and storage (NetApp).