updated 12:37 pm EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
RackMac Pro allows two Mac Pro computers in 4u of rack space
Upgrade component maker Sonnet is debuting a pair of new Thunderbolt devices at this year's IBC2014 industry conference. New this year are the RackMac Pro dual-Mac Pro rackmount solution for Apple's cylindrical computing powerhouse. Additionally, the company is also releasing the Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader, commonly used in high-end digital video cameras.
The RackMac Pro supports the rackmount installation of one or two new Mac Pros. The RackMac Pro provides a front panel power switch and USB 3.0 port for each computer, while panel-mounted cables connect each Mac Pro's Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI, and power ports to ports on the back of the RackMac Pro for external cable connection.
The device's heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for each Mac Pro, with an open-back design that allows for proper airflow for cooling the machine. Only seven inches tall by 16 inches deep, the 4U RackMac Pro is tailored for use in a wide range of mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, as well as in a conventional server room rack. The RackMac Pro with two computer modules retails for $869. A unit for one Mac Pro retails for $599.
The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader has the ability to ingest footage from individual P2 memory cards at up to 70 MB per second. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 is bus-powered, and connects directly to any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device chain with an included Thunderbolt cable. The device supports all P2 memory cards and frame rates at maximum speed, and also reads micro P2 cards with an optional adapter. Pricing is not yet available on the Thunderbolt P2 Card Reader.