Instead of containing a dozen large boxes and mostly
empty space, this box looked like a failed game of Tetris.
you know that everything arrives in
these gigantic cardboard boxes that
incidentally were about the size of our
shared cubicle space back at the office.
These boxes open up to smaller boxes
for the blade servers, chassis, power
supplies and the rest. At first things
moved smoothly. I broke down the
first set of boxes, and after a number
of trips, the empty blade chassis and
the blades themselves were stacked
neatly near our cage.
The Jack in the Box
It wasn’t until I opened the last box that
I realized I was in trouble. Instead of
containing a dozen large boxes and
mostly empty space, this box looked like
a failed game of Tetris. It was filled to
the brim with hundreds of tiny boxes of
all shapes and sizes. The engineer was
going to be there soon, so I tried to
organize the boxes into different piles
and then filled my pushcart with
swaying stacks of tiny boxes and made
trip after trip to the colocation cage
until all of its walls looked like the
inside of a brown-brick house.
[Bill: I seem to remember you sent a
couple e-mails to me along the lines of
“Wow, this new stuff sure has a lot of
boxes compared to the old stuff.”]