Let’s cut to the chase – you all want to see pictures of the new OpenStreetMap core database server, and here it is:
It’s got blue LEDs on the front. It must be good.
For the techies amongst us, you’ll probably want to know some juicy specs – 2 Quad Core Intel Xeon E5420 processors, 32 Gigabytes of DDR2 RAM, 10 450Gb 15k SAS disks for the database (and another 2 73Gb disks for the operating system). All in all, a worthy machine to sit at the heart of OpenStreetMap, storing all the geodata and powering all kinds of things. You can see more pictures of the machine as it was being unboxed.
Thanks go of course to everyone who contributed to the recent OpenStreetMap foundation donation drive, and we can’t wait to see it up and running with the next version of the OSM API in a few weeks time. Once Matt has finished deafening everyone in the CloudMade London Office (as he “tries it out”) it’ll be moved to its permanent home in UCL to join the rest of the OSM servers.