I think I’ve been intrigued by building with Lego sets as far back as I could remember. I had a plastic case full of them that I would use to build spaceships and castles day in and day out. I think much of that building experience paid off when I walked into the real world and I started building data centers. Racks and rails are network engineering versions of the venerable Lego brick. Little did I know what would happen later.
Ashton Bothman (@ABothman) is a social media rock star for Juniper Networks. She emailed me and asked me if I would like to participate in a contest to build a data center from Lego bricks. You could imagine my response:
I like the fact that Ashton sent me a bunch of good old fashioned Lego bricks. One of the things that has bugged me a bit since the new licensed sets came out has been the reliance on specialized pieces. Real Lego means using the same bricks for everything, not custom-molded pieces. Ashton did it right by me.
Here’s a few of my favorite shots of my Juniper Lego data center:
This was fun. It’s also for a great cause in the end. My son has already been eyeing this set and he helped a bit in the placement of the pirate DC admin and the lights on the server racks. He wanted to put some ninjas in the data center when I asked him what else was needed. Maybe he’s got a future in IT after all.
Here are some more Lego data centers from other contest participants: