A Closer Look At Rackable's CloudRack
Hey, that server’s naked! Rackable’s new CloudRack has no top covers on its server trays. Leaving the metal “skin” off the top of the tray provides several advantages , making the rack considerably lighter and providing quicker access for maintenance. The photo below provides a full view of the individual server trays, which contain no fans, which have been built into the rear of the cabinet to make more room for storage drives.
Chris SearsPosted October 31st, 2008
That seems like way more local storage than is really needed for most cloud computing nodes.
It looks like you could take out 4 drives and fit a whole second motherboard in there for 2 servers in one box sharing a power supply like the Supermicro Twin. Seems like there would be more demand for something like that in this sort of naked server / Google-style rack form factor.
It’s definitely a lot more storage than most would think they’d need in a single chassis, but it does has a number of good applications:
-Large scale hadoop clusters
-map reduce clusters
-web host farms
-distributed file or iscsi architectures