updated 10:00 pm EST, Wed February 9, 2011
Two Mac minis in a 1U server unit, adds front USB
Sonnet Technologies has produced a solution for users who wish to rack-mount up to two 2010 edition Mac minis (server edition), whimsically called the MacRackRackMac Minimini. The unit manages airflow, and adds a front-panel power switch and USB port for each of the two units for easy operation in a 1U server space.
The rackmount solution also secures the two Minis behind its smart front panel, also providing the DVD slot, IR sensor and power indicator lights. Normal use of the Mini's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi abilities is also available, and the steel construction and "air dam" design creates a one-way path for airflow to keep the machines cool and preventing recirculation of warm air. Because of the shallow mounting depth and top cover padding, the minis are held securely in place -- not only deterring theft, but also allowing the rack case to double as transport housing.
The unit is available for order now and carries an MSRP of $170.