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: http://h-sq.com/products/minirack/index.html
To purchase other sliding shelves, please visit the Rack Solutions web site: http://www.racksolutions.com/rack-shelves
H-Squared Mini rack uses Rack Solutions sliding shelf