Sonnet Announces New 4U Enclosure to Rack Mount Two Mac Pros

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Mounting and organizing options for heavy duty Mac Pro users continue to grow since the new machine's launch at the end of last year, with Sonnet now announcing a new rack mount enclosure capable of holding two Mac Pros. The new enclosure is an additional option to go along with the enclosure and expansion chassis the company announced last week.

    This time, the Sonnet Rack Mac Pro allows users to rack mount one or two Mac Pro machines in a 4U space. The unit includes a front panel power button with USB 3.0 port for each machine, plus a second USB 3.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an HDMI connector on the back of the rack for each Mac Pro.

    There are no rear Thunderbolt ports because, Sonnet says, there are no panel-mount Thunderbolt connectors available. There is, however, room inside the rack for Thunderbolt cables to be attached, and the company says it is "fairly easy" to directly connect Thunderbolt cables and they can be secured to the Mac Pro so they can not be accidentally unplugged.

    The Rack Mac Pro also supports the mounting of Thunderbolt to Fibre Channel adapters like the Promise San Link2.

    Pricing is expected to be $599 to rack mount a single Mac Pro, with an add-on to mount a second Mac Pro available for $299. Availability is likely to come in June alongside the previously announced combination enclosure and expansion chassis.

    Article Link: Sonnet Announces New 4U Enclosure to Rack Mount Two Mac Pros
  2. macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2005
    Kinda kills the point of them looking unique, No ?

    Which begs the question did they ever need to look that way. The individual or company that needs the power of the pro don't need it to look like a work of art, they just need it functional.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2014
    Apple innovates Mac Pro from box shape to cylinder for aesthetics, and you put two of them back in a big box.
    Functionality? Maybe.
    Aesthetics? Duh.
  6. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2008
    They cannot sell "functional" by the hundreds of thousands, or perhaps even the tens of thousands.

    A third party has provided a solution that Apple will allow that provides such functionality. Sonnet can be profitable with this with a lower volume of sales.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
  8. macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2007
    Still saving up to buy a MP... let alone a place to hide it.:)
  9. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    You can even tip it sideways and become the world's nerdiest DJ!
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    It does not make sense to spend hundreds of dollars on top of an already pricey machine simply to rack-mount it. Apple needs to release new dedicated rack-mountable hardware.
  11. macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2012
    The Shire
    I'll be surprised if they can move one of these things of the shelf. I see a very small purpose for the single mount option, but I wouldn't think anyone would have two MP's in a rack, and why does it cost this much?
  12. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Yeah... "nice rack" takes on a whole new meaning...
  13. macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    You win the internet for today. :)
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004
    TX or MI
    So it makes more sense to spend hundreds of millions if not more, when they didn't quite make out the first two times they tried it, designing, setting up manufacturing, marketing, and everything else that goes with selling and SUPPORTING yet another model? :rolleyes:

    NEWS FLASH: The market and people who require this setup don't care what the machine looks like, they care what it performs like.
  15. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I'd guess these are NOT mass produced in China. You are paying for a very low volume semi-custom product.

    Have you priced an empty general purpose 4U chassis lately? Cutting, bending and assembly of high quality aluminum chassis is not cheap. Try hiring a machine shop to do it for you.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    Speaking of aesthetics I would prefer that the lettering on the Mac Pro be parallel with the top/bottom. :D

    But for making a Mac Pro suitable for mobile rigs this looks fine.
  17. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    And how many 12-core CPUs could fit in that space if functional computers were used instead?
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    I agree.

    Apple doesn't. I believe they will never release a rackmount version.

    With the new Mac Pro, Apple shows it only cares for a subset of the "Pro" market.

    Road warriors have to "suck it" with devices like this.

    I just don't understand their mentality sometimes. (Lately, most of the time)
  19. macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    Are you serious? Still, this is way to expensive. The material input might be quite minimal, so that $300 would still be enough.
    My guess is simply that companies, who are going to be the main customers of these products, will not care much anyway. Supply – Demand.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
  21. Lazy, Apr 2, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2014

    macrumors regular

    May 27, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    That's nice. Now where's the Echo 15 dock already?!? :mad:
  22. macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2014
    finally! ...i always wanted my studio racks more turbine looking.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2003
    Minnesota USA
    In live show work, we almost always have a "Main" and "Backup" computer. This would be perfect for that. Slips into a rack with the other A/V components and makes the MacPros essentially impossible to steal when we're not on site.

    Just because you don't know what pros use MacPros for, doesn't mean a market doesn't exist. For Sonnet to go through the trouble to make this, THEY understand the market.
  24. macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2010
    I do motion/video/fx for large productions and travel with my gear all the time.

    There's a great practical utility around the MacPro's form factor. For the first time I can easily pack my rig into a carry-on bag. This is a huge deal for me since I'm often asked to render AfterEffects projects on location just hours before showtime.

    I'm in the minority, but for me the new Pro has opened up a ton of options for what I can execute while on the road without the hassle of checking in my gear in a tuff case.

    Add to that - this rack mount solution is a good approach. We always use redundant machines on location, in case one goes down during a performance.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Nov 4, 2008
    So called 'Professionals' are more fickle than you think and so are the consultants that showcase new products for them. Lots of people that need something to enable them to make a living care about aesthetics. I can't fathom why it's thought that these Pros are above mundane things such as what something looks like. It may not be the be all and end all but lets stop the patronising yes?

    Looks and basically what someone just wants are often major factors in a lot of purchase decisions, be that consumer or professional.

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