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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  • Third datacentre

    All the ship's audio and video applications are handled in the Celebrity Equinox's third datacentre, seen here. This facility converts incoming satellite TV signals into IP streams and stores all the videos and music that passengers can access through their cabin TVs.

    Each of the cruise ship's 1,426 cabins and suites has at least one full-HD flat-screen TV. A program developed by US firm Nanonation allows passengers to choose from about 20 TV stations, hundreds of pieces of music, as well as free and paid video. Each TV is controlled by its own Mac Mini, which can also be used for room service, shore bookings and surfing the internet.

    The third datacentre also contains some Macs, which are used to create the cruise director's daily video about activities available onboard.

    Photo credit: Joachim Kaufmann/ZDNet Germany

  • Back-end system with Xserve hardware

    The back-end of the cabin TV and entertainment system, which is housed in the third datacentre, consists of Apple's now-discontinued Xserve hardware, shown above.

    Photo credit: Joachim Kaufmann/ZDNet Germany

  • Celebrity Equinox's bridge

    Many IT-based systems are also in use on the Celebrity Equinox's bridge, shown here. But for safety and security reasons all the ship's navigation and control systems are kept physically separate from the facilities that fall under de Lange's remit.

    Photo credit: Joachim Kaufmann/ZDNet Germany

    This story originally appeared as IT- und TK-Systeme auf der Celebrity Equinox on ZDNet Germany.


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