Sonnet Announces Mac Pro 4U Rackmount Enclosure and Expansion Chassis

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    Sonnet has announced a 4U rackmount enclosure and expansion chassis for the new Mac Pro, allowing users to horizontally mount their Mac Pro in a standard data center rack with PCIe expansion capabilities.

    The xMac Pro Server includes three PCIe single-width expansion slots, with room for one double-width and one single-width card, Thunderbolt 2 compatibility, and a mounting kit for additional storage or optical drives. On the back, the rack includes three USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an HDMI port, with a single USB 3.0 port on the front. It includes a 300W power supply and a 75W PCIe power connector for supplemental power to certain power-hungry PCIe cards.

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    Sonnet claims the xMac Pro Server will ship in early June, offering a sign-up sheet for interested customers on its website. It has a suggested price of $1,499.

    The company announced Thunderbolt docking stations nearly a year ago but has delayed shipment several times.

    Update 12:35PM 3/27/2014: Pricing information added.

    Article Link: Sonnet Announces Mac Pro 4U Rackmount Enclosure and Expansion Chassis
     
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    Can't wait to see this in 2018!
     
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    Great design! Can't wait to see one with two MacPros interconnected in the same enclosure some day.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Really Sonnet? Were customers really asking for this?
     
  5. macrumors 65816

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    or just buy a real server. it would be cheaper.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Sonnet, How about shipping the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock that you announced a year ago.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    But did they have to make it this ugly? Really, what a shame.
     
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    Ok! Now I am getting a nMP!
     
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    Looks like you could install it as the world's most confusing car stereo.
     
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    is that the arrival date or the price, or both?

    their existing 3-slot rack unit is 1200. Im guessing this will be 2k, easy.
     
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    Can't help but wonder what effect the horizontal configuration of the nMP will have on thermal control. It seems to me optimal cooling comes in the vertical position. I wonder if buyers of this rack will have heating issues.
     
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    This seems stupid. Why not just have multiple Mac Minis in a single 1 or 2U enclosure?
     
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    Yes... there is something called INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER who are dude with great ideas to build things... in a more sophisticated manner.
     
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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6099
     
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    Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    That's a pretty cool and useful idea!
     
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    Ugly?!? What are you talking about? Who cares, it's rack mounted!
     
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    there are plenty of rack-mount cases out there that gave more than 15 minutes consideration to appearance. the discontinued X-Serve line is one of them. At the DC i used to work at, people would regularly ask "wow, what hardware is that?" when passing the one rack full of x-serves.

    iStar, whilst not having the best quality reputation for their power supplies, makes a whole series of designer rackmount cases for workstations and recording studio use.
     
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    Maybe I'm just a dork, but I used to love hanging out in the server closet with my xServes. Sooooo pretty!
     
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    Hope the production one has rails. Having more than one of those in a rack with just ears on the front would be a royal pain.

    Also, all the mac mini versions of these things are as expensive as a whole other server. Even if you're committed to OSX, it's a hard pill to swallow. I expect this model will be comparably ridiculous.

    It also kinda needs a video port on the front for when you have to roll out the crash cart. USB alone won't cut it.
     
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    Why is everyone moaning about the design? This is a rack mount enclosure. It's meant to go in a rack like this:

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    Server racks aren't things people have on display - they are space preservative mounts to house multiple devices stacked. This Mac Pro rack mount will be very useful for studios.
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    But, but, there's no pretty lights on it! No greenish or blueish display, nothing! Especially in the music business, I've seen things in racks that actually look nice and/or impressive. At least give it a 4mm thick aluminum fascia with some class.

    Nice challenge for the people who regularly mock up stuff on here?


    Anyway, it's good to see that the guy who designed the original IBM PC still gets the odd job.
     
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    Darn it, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for but gave up hope and grabbed a Promise Pegasus2 R4 via B&H. I wonder if I could return/exchange it? The optical drive capability is perfect, I still need a Blu-Ray burner for work projects and the USB external drive pales in comparison to the LG SATA optical burner w/ Lightscribe.

    Worst case, are there Thunderbolt containers for internal SATA Blu-Ray drives?
     
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    I would probably pass this one and assume it ran XP.
     

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