It's not just Internet users that are becoming more mobile. it's happening with Internet infrastructure as well. The mobility movement that began with data center containers is breeding new form factors to move servers and storage outside the data center.
Rackable Systems (RACK) today introduced MobiRack, an enclosure in a light-weight plastic case that contains servers, storage, networking, UPS and DC power distribution in one unit. MobiRack is more lightweight than a shipping container, but Rackable says it will protect equipment in "the most challenging environments."
"MobiRack truly frees users from the deployment limitations of fixed ‘brick and mortar’ data centers, and is ideal for fast HPC deployment, a small office data center, mobile trade shows and events, and in disaster recovery and military environments," said Mark Barrenechea, president & CEO of Rackable Systems.
Rackable says MobiRack can support computing requirements in emergency response situations in disaster areas, scientific and engineering exploration projects, major events and trade shows and a wide range of military applications.
"Today's computing isn’t always deployed in traditional datacenters," said Jason Waxman, General Manager, High Density Computing at Intel. "Many high growth usage models require new levels of mobility and flexibility. Rackable’s MobiRack, taking advantage of the energy-efficient performance and reliability of Intel Xeon processors, is designed for time-critical emergency and field computing applications that support next-generation data centers that need to go wherever they’re needed.”
MobiRack is a build-to-order product. Rackable says the enclosure meets shock and vibration standards, including those required by the military and the Air Transportation Authority.
Rackable offers MobiRack in more than 30 configuration options, featuring a choice of 1U or 2U servers powered by either Intel or AMD processors, and housed in 5U, 11U, 14U or 16U racks. Air and water-tight containers are available, and a DC power option can support operation in environments with unreliable AC power.