About this project
Docker Containers and microservices are all the rage these days, but if your Windows or Mac laptop is already overflowing and struggling to run Chrome, loading a VM to run Docker Containers makes everything worse, and remembering which ports are mapped where on which machine is tiresome.
Wouldn't it be great to offload running Docker Containers to another computer? One with Docker pre-installed and a fun enclosure to add some interest and excitement to your desk?
Introducing the DC2, the Desktop Container Computer. Your own desktop container server preconfigured with Docker.
Fun: Select from a variety of common shipping container colors and logos or add your own logo to a plain white version.
Fanless: no extra noise on your desktop.
Fast: Dual Core 1.33GHz, 400+MB/s SSD, GbE.
DC2 runs Docker on a 64 bit Linux OS so you have binary compatibility deploying your Docker Containers on AWS, Azure, Digital Ocean, Google, Rackspace or any other 64 bit Linux Docker host.
Why DC2 vs The Cloud?
If you are doing some home projects that are crawling the web, then you are using fixed price bandwidth you have already paid for. If you get a display for your DC2, you can just glance at it to see what is happening.
If you are using your DC2 at work, there are a number of advantages:
While the DC2 is not the latest high power Intel processor, moving bits around is often the biggest factor in rapid development and testing. As a local machine with a fast SSD and gigabit ethernet, your containers deploy super quick to your DC2
A DC2 is comparable to two m1.small from Amazon which would cost you $412 for a year upfront. At the end of the year you still have your DC2.
When prototyping or testing a micro service, you may not have set up all the security needed to protect it from the big, bad internet. Deploying on a local machine on your local network lets you focus on your application logic without worrying about what might happen when anyone can access your server.
Why We Need You!
DC2 is a fun project that can grow in a number of directions. We are looking for fellow makers to provide not only financial support, but also feedback, suggestions and pull requests (eg. see Display Add Ons below).
All software and designs will be hosted at GitHub.com/HARDTWARE so the DC2 community can collaborate with us and each other.
What You Get
- A detailed die cast model of a shipping container with functioning doors.
- Mounting brackets and faceplate.
- A dual core MinnowBoard Max. This is an open hardware design with numerous expansion boards if you want to expand or repurpose your DC2.
- 60G 400+ MB/s USB 3.0 drive with Linux and Docker pre-installed. All software will be open source.
- 5V universal power supply.
DC2 Data Center
For those that need more horsepower, or just want a stack of containers on their desk, there is the Data Center reward level. 4 DC2s with a single power supply and 5 port gigabit switch.
[Your Corporate Logo Here]
Contact us if you are interested in a bulk order of DC2s with your corporate color and logo.
Display Add Ons
A display can add to the enjoyment of your DC2. There are a couple of prototype displays that will be offered as Add Ons if there is enough interest.
We built a prototype LED display that could show the disk activity (blue LED) and load on each core (green-yellow-red LEDs). Let us know in the comments if you are interested in the LED Display.
We found a 96x64 OLED that can fit in the case. We printed a new faceplate to show how it could look. Here it is showing the IP address and 5 random values bouncing around. As you can see, there is much more flexibility with the OLED Display. Let us know in the comments if you are interested in the OLED Display.
There are numerous expansion boards for the MinnowBoard Max. The brackets in the DC2 have been designed so that boards can be easily installed on both the top and bottom of the main board.
If there is sufficient interest in an expansion board, we will offer them as Add Ons so they can be included in your reward shipment.
This expansion board plugs into the high speed socket on the bottom of the MinnowBoard Max and provides mSATA and mPCIe sockets. Here is one mounted to a MinnowBoard Max.
Here is a list of other expansion boards.
Container Colors / Logos
Here are the containers that you will be able to select from.
Risks and challenges
Although all the hardware components have been sourced, there may be delays as we work with our suppliers in producing and shipping the components.
The software for plug-and-play deployment of Docker Containers has yet to be written. The team has several decades of experience delivering world class software, and we feel confident building a relatively simple software component.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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