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maasThe team behind Canonical comes with something new: the Orange Box. This computing cluster and network stack that fits in a box about the size of a old desktop computer, wants to bring the language of the cloud to physical servers.

Inside the custom orange chassis are ten stripped Intel Ivy Bridge D53427RKE NUCs. Each comes with 16GB of RAM and a 120GB SSD, and they’re all connected to a gigabit Ethernet switch. One of the NUCs is the control node; its USB and HDMI ports are wired to the Orange Box’s rear panel, and that particular node also runs Canonical’s MAAS software. In this article Kyle Rankin introduces the basic concepts behind MaaS and highlights some of it's more interesting new features.