This Custom Data Centre Rack Crams In 160 Mac Minis

If you're hankering for an Xserve, you've been out of luck since 2011. But there's always an alternative. You can make your own by squeezing a whole 160 Mac Minis into a custom rack, for instance. That's what a fellow named Steve did, and the results are staggering.

Working with a vendor to get some custom shelving, Steve got his hands on 40 special 1U shelves that hold 4 Minis each. Of course, that wasn't the only challenge. Each Mini had to be fit with a special plastic insert to insure it wasn't drawing intake air from the 159 other Minis' exhaust ports, and the door of the rack was fitted with four car radiator fans, all hooked up to a 40A DC motor controller.

The result is this impressive — if crowded — tower of power, packing some 640 cores, double the amount of the 40 Xserve setup it's replacing. While Steve's reluctant to say who he works for, he's stated on his blog that the monster is part of a huge server farm, building and testing software 24/7. How's that for a Mac hack? [Steve's Blog via Hackaday via 9to5Mac]



    Amazing. And expensive. Soooo expensive.

      True... They're a bit overpriced for something like this, but at least they look lovely and neat. :)

    Cooling alone must have consumed a significant portion of the power usage.

    Would love to know what he's using all those Macs for???

    I wonder what servers apple uses now they've discontinued their own offerings. Do they make their own for internal use?

      Apple uses the usual kind of corporate equipment for servers and networking; not much different from other large tech companies. Aside from workstations and small servers, they don't really use their own products as such.

      Having worked inside an Apple Retail Store, the most noticeable things are that the large displays you see behind the Genius Bar and Apple TV demo are Sony Bravia HDTVs and network switches are from Cisco. Other stuff like the furniture, tables, metallic walls, large glass panels and floor tiles in the store are all made by manufacturers that Apple bought as their retail operation expanded over several years.

    Probably the same type of servers almost every company uses; Linux based ones.

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