ICY DOCK is the leading expert in data storage enclosures and accessories.
ToughArmor is ICY DOCK’s rugged enterprise-grade line of 2.5” SSD and HDD enclosures, utilizing the standard external 5.25” bay, external 3.5” bay (floppy bay), and the slim optical bay (ODD bay). All ToughArmor models feature ruggedized full-metal enclosures and trays, to keep your sensitive data protected, as well as meeting many flammability requirements. It features many high-density storage options, supporting as many as 16x 2.5” drives, or as few as one. Models are available to support SATA, SAS, and now, U.2 NVMe drives, giving you flexibility in choosing drives that work best for you. The strength and build quality of all of our products is backed by a full 3-year warranty against all defects. ToughArmor is used and approved by Tier 1 companies such as Hewlett Packard (HP), General Electric, NASA, as well as the US Armed Forces. For more information on our ToughArmor line, read our ToughArmor documentation here. Links to all of the products discussed here can be found in the documentation. All ToughArmor products can be view here.
ToughArmor for SATA 3.5” / 5.25” Bays
For SATA and SAS drives installing into 3.5” and 5.25” bays, we have a large number of options available. In the 3.5” bay, there are models that support one to three drives, some with features such as key-lock trays and hardware RAID capabilities. The larger 5.25” bay supports between four and eight drives in a single bay, and up to 16 when using two bays. These denser options offer cooling fans, to keep the large number of drives cool under heavy load. These models have a wide array of uses. The MB991U3-1SB is our portable ToughArmor unit you can take anywhere, and works over USB. The MB992SKR-B is a 2-bay model with a hardware RAID chip, with modes for RAID 0, RAID 1, BIG, and JBOD.
There are also our more traditional drive carriers that install into a single 5.25” bay. While these models don’t have USB support or a RAID chip, they still have direct SATA connections, the full-metal enclosure, and the 3-year warranty. The 4-bay (MB994SP-4S), 6-bay (MB996SP-6SB), and 8-bay (MB998SP-B) models are perfect for any general applications that require hot-swappable SATA hard drives and SSDs in a dense storage enclosure.
ToughArmor for NVME
Recently, ICY DOCK has released the first-ever hot-swap cages for U.2 NVMe drives. U.2 drives use the standard 2.5” size familiar from SATA SSDs, but utilize the NVMe specification allowing for transfer rates of up to 32GB/s. ICY DOCK U.2 NVMe cages come in one and four bay models, and utilize a single Mini-SAS HD connection for each drive. The single-bay model (MB601VK-B) fits in a single 3.5” bay, great for space-limited tasks that require only a single drive. Small-form-factor systems, DVR systems, and photo/video editing systems can benefit from high-performance storage in a small space. If you need more drives, the 4-bay model (MB699VP-B) is the one for you, and even works great in RAID setups. These are used in datacenters around the world, that need dense NVMe based storage. Both of these models use a Mini-SAS HD port / cable for each drive, so make sure to prepare your system with enough Mini-SAS HD ports.
ToughArmor for Optical Drive Bays
ICY DOCK also has several drive cages that fit into slim (12.7mm) and ultra-slim (9.5mm) optical drive bays. These can serve to replace existing drive readers in laptops and desktop systems, and can also be paired with several of our 5.25” bay brackets. Perfect for space-critical applications that require drives to be installed in the smallest possible space. Common uses are in Small-Form-Factor PCs, media PCs, Home Theater PCs (HTPC), and security footage systems. In industrial uses, these are often found in 1U and 2U rack-mounted systems with limited space availability, and portable workstations/laptops.
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This is a follow up of the topic I started here: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10563-rack-mounted-in-home-environment/
Currently I have the following setup:
- Cabinet - Prism PI 24U, 800mm wide
- 3 servers with components I salvaged from all the crap around:
= Dell T710 with 2x Xeon E5620, 16GB RAM, ~900GB in 4 HDDs @15k + ~9TB in 4HDDs @7.2k, Perc H700 with 512MB battery baked cache, rails + cable management arm (CMA) kit
= Two Dell R410, each with 2x Xeon X5675, 32GB RAM, ~3.5TB in 4HDDs @7.2k, Perc 6iR, rails + CMA kit - I picked these with 125gbp each without RAM, HDDs and rails/CMA. One CPU alone usually costs more.
- APC 3U UPS (SUA3000RMXMLI3U) + rails - heavy and loud, but got it for cheap (120gbp) and it allows me to move the server cabinet around without powering off anything
- HP ProCurve 2510G-24 - screamer
- 2 PDUs with 6x UK sockets each - should have went with IEC C14 sockets in vertical PDU, but had a box full of UK to IEC C13 cables
- 2 detachable network inputs in cabinet
- 2 detachable power inputs in cabinet (UK plug to IEC C19)
- A big ball of assorted networking cables
- 1000 of plastic zip ties - if I need to rewire something - I just cut them
- Some outdoor networking cable from my living room to the garage
- The mosquito net protects perfectly from spiders and fairly well from dust, but increases considerably the temperature in cabinet, the garage is warmer overall as well
- No issues with humidity - servers run non-stop
- Would have avoided this UPS and switch if I knew how loud they are
- Need heavy duty castors for cabinet - the normal ones are nearly broken
- Get a 1U KVM console with a switch - despite all remote management, sometimes I have to run into the garage with my keyboard
- Replace the ProCurve 2510G-24 with something fanless (1810G-24?) - I am not using all its features anyway. Would happily swap if someone has a spare switch
- If I will find any silent 24 volt fans - replace the ones form UPS. They work non-stop and make a lot of noise
- Separate front of rack from back to avoid hot air recirculation - this is the main cause of high temperature in cabinet
- (the most complicated part) add some sort of sound proofing - soundproof foam inside and MDF outside and add some exhaust fans to create negative pressure in the cabinet
Below are some photos of how all this looks like, any comments or suggestions are welcome.
PS: really annoying that forum does not allow me to attach images directly from OneDrive by complaining that the extension is not allowed (OneDrive generates extensionless URL).
Here is a link to full size images: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AkkgZpf01_I6h7NYhf9FQDwlIsAP6A
As the current's Microserver G8 capabilities are not enough for me anymore (mostly limited RAM), I am investigating possible solutions.
One solution can be to use rack-mounted servers.
Can you please share your experiences about using rack servers in home environment?
Let's discuss these topics:
1. What hardware you used and what was the energy consumption.
2. What enclosures were used - open rack, a closed cabinet, etc.
3. How the cooling was managed.
4. Where is the best place for it? Garage? Loft?
5. How it can be protected from dust (in a garage or loft)?
6. How it can be protected from high humidity?
Any input is appreciated
P.S.: I am not sure if this is the right place for the topic - please move it elsewhere if needed.