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A Closer Look At Rackable’s CloudRack

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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.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Chris Sears

    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.

  2. @Chris Sears 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