Feeds

Rackable shrinks CloudRack cookie sheets

Pre-heat data center to 104 degrees...

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The 104 degree data center

More importantly, at super-dense, hyperscale data centers, by taking out the power supplies and doing very efficient and direct conversion of AC power to DC needed by the motherboard and disks, Rackable says that customers can run these units at 40 degrees Celsius (or 104 degrees Fahrenheit). Most server gear is rated at a peak of 35 degrees C, and that is mostly because of the sensitivity of disk drives (and their whirring parts) to heat.

Atashie ventures that companies putting in solid state drives instead of disk drives could run the boxes even hotter, but says the company hasn't tested this yet in its labs. The important thing is that by letting the CloudRacks run hotter, that means the data center air conditioning doesn't have to be cranked up to the level where you need a jacket.

With four 2.5-inch drives per system, a CloudRack2 setup can cram as many as 1,280 cores in a 46U rack, which works out to 32 cores per 1U of space (that's 80 server mobos in total). With the MicroSlice Mini-ITX boards, the CloudRack 2 racks can cram up to 240 servers into that 46U rack, for a total of 480 cores. (That's only 12 cores per 1U of rack space, but this setup is designed to maximize the count of servers, not the cores). This kind of density is as good or better than anything IBM, HP, and Dell can put into the field with their best blades.

Well, at least until they launch new products over the coming weeks.

Rackable builds its systems to order on a customer-by-customer basis, and it does not provide list prices. The former is fine, but the latter is a bad business practice as far as I can tell. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box
Only 250th most powerful in the world? Bring back Michael Fish
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay
Goog Wallet apparently also spurned in NFC lockdown
Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER
Sky's the limit with unrestricted space in the cloud
'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage
Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face
Google roolz! Nest buys Revolv, KILLS new sales of home hub
Take my temperature, I'm feeling a little bit dizzy
Cisco and friends chase WiFi's searing speeds with new cable standard
Cat 5e and Cat 6 are bottlenecks for WLAN access points
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.