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Rack Solutions Partners with H-Squared to Develop a Custom Sliding Shelf

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Rack Solutions is widely recognized for our ability to design custom products that solve unique problems for the data center industry.  Most recently, Rack Solutions worked with H-Squared to develop a custom shelf to mount Mac minis into a standard 19” 4-post rack.

Jeremy Hubbell is the founder of H-Squared, a manufacturing and fabrication company that designs and sells a popular line of mounting solutions for Apple products.  H-Squared had been using the Rack Solutions 1USHL-112 sliding shelf for earlier product generations.  As part of his efforts to continuously improve H-Squared products, Mr. Hubbell wanted a better method to rack mount Mac minis, which would require a new custom sliding shelf. H-Squared met with the Rack Solutions design team and discussed how to refine the design of a sliding shelf.  Mr. Hubbell’s concept was to rack four Mac minis on a sliding shelf using a unique plastic insert design by H-Squared. The design concept also was to direct the airflow from the front to the back of the server rack for optimal cooling.  To accomplish this, the sliding shelf needed to be solid instead of perforated and a custom plate needed to be integrated at the front of the shelf.  Rack Solutions engineers took the design one step further by making the shelf tool-less, easing installation for quicker deployment.

The result of the collaboration between Rack Solutions and H-Squared was the Mini rack, a rack mount solution for the Mac mini.  The Mini rack, which can be installed in less than five minutes, features a 1U slide-out shelf from Rack Solutions that is capable of mounting up to four Mac minis in a standard 19″ 4-post rack.   The Mini rack can be installed without the need of tools by utilizing snap-in rails. The Mini rack has integrated airflow ducting for optimal cooling. The front panel incorporates five small air inlets to allow cool air into the Mini rack.  Cable routing is optimized by the use of two cable management clips that guide the cabling from the center of the shelf through the rear opening.  The steel shelf is powder-coated for a durable, professional finish.

The innovative Mini rack is just one of many examples of how Rack Solutions has turned a unique problem into a creative solution. We are known for our expertise to develop specialized products, with on-site prototyping and manufacturing to quickly deliver custom products.

To learn more about the Mini rack, please visit the product page on the H-Squared web site:

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H-Squared Mini rack uses Rack Solutions sliding shelf


OnX Reveals Facility Investment

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

OnX Enterprise Solutions, one of the foremost international givers of data center solutions has revealed the company’s $20 million dollar venture into the cloud and facility infrastructure of the company.  The new investment makes the company a pioneer in Canada when it comes to having a dual data center cloud strategy.  It also helps the company enlarge the amount of cloud offerings it can give customer in the American market.

The money will be utilized for the construction of the company’s quickly expanding facility rack shelves space.  The investment will also help create one of the greatest breeds of technology solutions. It will also help broaden the company’s alliance with other foremost cloud providers.  The facility investment is due mainly to the company’s recent publication of a new program where customers can test-drive their facilities.  Demonstrations of the new program can be found in any of the company’s main locations.  The company attempts to make the use of cloud-based enterprise computing solutions faster and easier for the use of their clients.

OnX Enterprise Solutions is an international provider of data center solutions with a wide variety of choices which include the foremost Federated Cloud solution offerings.  OnX creates, constructs, and operates entire facilities made up of four main areas.  For more than twenty seven years, the company has spent its time aiding customers in achieving business results which will help speed up their development and their overall value.  OnX Enterprises have a main location in Toronto, Canada.  However, the company also has a location in the United States.  The company consists of a group of more than 600 specialists in the IT field, and their profits are more than $750 million.  The company is a privately owned business with most of its stock being owned by Marlin Equity Partners.

IDC announces new data center metric

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
A new IDC metric could supplement PUE for measuring data center efficiency.

Evaluating data center capabilities can be incredibly challenging, especially when dealing with virtual infrastructure, cloud computing and other technologies that complicate hardware on rack shelves.

To resolve this issue, IDC recently released a new metric designed to evaluate the capabilities of a data center configuration so they can be compared to other potential setups.

The new Qualified Performance Indicator is key, according to IDC, because growing trends toward data center migration, consolidation and expansion are leading to more new purchases in the industry. Therefore, data center managers need to be able to define the capabilities of their current data center establishment accurately and compare that to new systems they are considering.

“With its new Server Decision Suite and QPI metrics, IDC can assist various parties to compare and analyze server technologies and associated services,” said Brian Clarke, vice president of Pricing Evaluation Services for IDC.

Such metrics as the QPI tool are key in an industry that is becoming extremely competitive. Currently, the data center sector is so competitive that states are aggressively pursuing new projects. Recently, officials from Virginia sent a robust recruiting package to a company planning a new data center on the same day that Washington removed incentives for the project, the Everett Herald reports.

Prineville progressing on new data center projects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Pineville is positioning itself as a key data center construction location.

Sometimes, having a major data center built in a region can catapult an area to the forefront of the industry. Such a circumstance could be emerging in Prineville, Oregon, the site of Facebook’s highly publicized new data center.

Currently, city officials are involved in talks with two other companies they are trying to bring to the region, the Bend Bulletin reports. If these negotiations are successful, there could be an influx of server racks, power supplies and other data center equipment coming into the area.

Steve Forrester, city manager of Prineville, told the news source city officials are close to reaching deals with at least two companies working on new data centers, but he would not identify the organizations until the deals were finalized. Currently, talks are far enough along that the new data center projects have been given codenames – “Project Cambell” and “Cloud.”

Building a major new data center can define a region’s economy. Soon, Fall River, Massachusetts, will play host to a new data center being built over the city’s old industrial economic facade. The Granite Block Global Data Center company is close to completing a new facility that is built in an old factory in the town, the Herald News reports.

Granite Block Global Data Center close to opening

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
The Granite Block data center is close to opening.

Fall River, Massachusetts, features a landscape filled with crumbling, old manufacturing facilities that have been unused for years. However, one such facility is experiencing new life as it is being converted into the Granite Block Global Data Center, the Herald News reports.

The new facility is close to opening and is already equipped with rack shelves and two, 2-megawatt power generators.

Roland Patenaude, president of Granite Block, told the news source that the facility’s power infrastructure is so redundant that four separate outages would be needed to shut the facility down. Furthermore, each individual power unit can provide enough energy to run two hospitals, he said.

When the 163,000-square-foot data center opens, it will be the largest in New England, Patenaude told the news source.

Currently, the data center’s primary purposes include providing disaster recovery systems, storage capabilities and telecommunications hosting services.

Building a prolific new data center can sometimes lead to other new projects in the region. For example, regional authorities in Prineville, Oregon, where Facebook recently built a new data center, are hoping that project’s success will lead to more new facilities in the region, the Bend Bulletin reports.

New trends emerging to guide the data center industry

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Virtualization is emerging as an industry-changing trend in the data center.

A new decade is expected to bring significant changes in the data center, and equipment on rack shelves will be faced with a new set of expectations.

According to Continuity Central, a few trends will dramatically impact the next decade of data center design and implementation. Among those trends are automation and instant service delivery.

Many data center managers are turning to automation solutions because growing trends toward virtualization are creating more complex IT infrastructure that demands simplification. As a result, automation is emerging as a key management practice to handle virtual environments.

As virtualization increases the pace that IT can move, more businesses are expecting almost instant changes to IT services. Therefore, the next decade will see a growing number of data centers designed to change rapidly to meet even the most demanding organizations.

The growing trends mentions in the Continuity Central report are built on a foundation of virtualization. According to a recent survey from Brocade and McAfee, businesses that are unprepared to manage virtual servers face challenging security and network management issues.

Virtualization presents security challenges

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Server virtualization creates unique security challenges in the data center.

Virtualizating servers is becoming more popular in enterprise settings, but many businesses do not recognize the impact virtualization has on their server infrastructure and inadvertently create new security challenges.

According to a recent survey from IBM and Brocade, approximately 50 percent of respondents said they are using server virtualization in some form.

However, many of those respondents fail to recognize the problems associated with server virtualization. As a result, the report said, companies often end up with network bottlenecks, security loopholes and inconsistent network policies when servers are no longer tied to the physical device on the rack shelf.

The report said increased virtualization is leading 62 percent of respondents to expand or upgrade data centers. However, investing in new server racks is not going to help businesses deal with the challenges associated with deploying virtual systems if they are unprepared to support them, the report said.

“Companies investing in full scale virtualization are now running into network and security challenges,” said Rees Johnson, senior vice president and general manager for network security at McAfee.

Virtualization is a key part of data center consolidation plans. According to Government Computing News, consolidation could deliver on its potential to reduce operating costs and use virtualization to increase flexibility in the data center.

Energy management critical in cloud data centers

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Cloud computing is making energy management even more important than normal in the data center.

Industry studies from Microsoft and other technology leaders have claimed that cloud computing helps equipment stored in server racks run more efficiently abound, but cloud service providers have been lax in releasing details about cloud efficiency.

At the recent Green Economy – 2nd Annual Business & Leadership Briefing, industry expert, Tom Rafferty, said cloud providers need to reveal such information or risk reducing the validity of claims that the technology is more efficient.

Rafferty said he understands that the core elements of cloud computing can make data centers and servers more efficient, but he still wants to see documented results.

One of the key ways that cloud computing can support efficiency in the data center is by improving server utilization rates. Typically servers are only operated at approximately 8 percent capacity, he said, wasting significant amounts of energy. However, cloud computing allows data center managers to utilize servers fully and maximize productivity.

Cloud computing is currently set to be one of the major trends in the data center industry during the next decade, Continuity Central reports. The report anticipates private, public and hybrid clouds to all develop a lasting place in the data center industry.

Data center consolidation delivering

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Data center consolidation is already beginning to deliver on its promises of savings and improved efficiency.

Data center consolidation and its accompanying technologies – virtualization and cloud computing – have potential to deliver on their ambitious promises for equipment on server racks, Government Computing News reports.

According to the report, all three data center trends make large promises to offer cost savings, improve efficiency and provide other similar benefits. It is quickly becoming clear that these promises are more than just hype and could be the genuine result of deploying the technologies in the public sector, the report said.

Overall, data center consolidation should be capable of reducing operating costs, according to the report. Server virtualization should also come through with its claims to improve flexibility, and the cloud will reduce IT infrastructure spending.

However, to achieve these benefits, the report said, government agencies may need to align their financial models more closely with the way these three technologies will change business processes.

Centralizing resources is a key part of data center consolidation and is rapidly growing as a key industry trend. According to a recent Continuity Central report, centralizing resource management will also emerge as a major data center trend during the next decade.

IBM building new data center in New Zealand

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
IBM is bringing server racks to New Zealand, where it is building a new data center.

IBM recently revealed it is constructing a new data center intended to provide hosted services for customers in Auckland, New Zealand, and the surrounding region.

The new data center features 5,200 square meters of raised floor space for server racks and other data center, storage hardware. It also boasts some of the most advanced technologies available to support intelligent building design and high sustainability standards.

Brett O’Riley, CEO for New Zealand’s Information and Communication Technology group, said IBM’s new facility is important on a national scale because it shows how the country’s natural renewable resources can contribute to data center design.

“The IBM data center reinforces the importance of green ICT for New Zealand in seeking to host data nationally and for major international players,” said O’Riley.

The facility uses two natural resources to support its cooling infrastructure. The first is free cooling using outside air. IBM also uses rainwater collectors that filter rainfall into underground pipes that distribute the water to cool servers and other equipment.

Free cooling is emerging as a popular tactic to reduce data center energy consumption. Recently, Interxion completed a new data center in Germany that makes ample use of free cooling systems.