Datacentres sail the high seas on cruise ship

Datacentres sail the high seas on cruise ship

Summary: The Celebrity Equinox cruise ship has three datacentres serving 17 decks, 1,600 Mac Minis and up to 2,852 passengers


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  • Rittal server racks

    Two Rittal server racks house standard HP blades and NetApp storage in the Celebrity Equinox's 50-square-metre main datacentre, located in the middle of the ship where movement is relatively low even in heavy seas.

    The ship's IT backbone is a Cisco IOS Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network, which carries all the data from the networked computers on board, as well for telephony, TV, camera surveillance, point-of-sale systems and cashless gaming machines.

    Photo credit: Joachim Kaufmann/ZDNet Germany

  • Along with the HP blades and NetApp storage, the water-cooled main datacentre also contains the ship's IP telephone system, seen here, which serves the 3,300 wired and 400 wireless IP phones found onboard the Celebrity Equinox.

    Photo credit: Joachim Kaufmann/ZDNet Germany

  • Second datacentre

    The Celebrity Equinox's second datacentre, seen here, is located one deck above the main one. This facility is half the size of the main datacentre and contains only a single rack of servers. It is designed to act as a backup in the case of problems in the main datacentre.

    However, in the two years since the commissioning of the Celebrity Equinox, the backup facility has yet to be called into service. There's no automatic failover, and de Lange's IT team monitor all the systems from a central control room.

    Photo credit: Joachim Kaufmann/ZDNet Germany

Topics: Datacentre Tour, Networking

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