Now that Apple has eliminated the XServe, and I can no longer find them in the marketplace I need to come up with a way to get the same or better CPU core density into a standard 2′ by 2′ datacenter rack. (A Datacenter Rack is a cabinet that has 44 spaces, or horizontal units inside, each unit is referred to as a “U”. Computer manufacturers measure the height of their servers in “U”, so some servers are 1 “U” like the XServe). In the past this would have been easy, I would call Apple and order 40 top of the line multi-core XServe’s and simply build the rack with 40 servers, each with 2 quad core processors, but now Apple is calling the Mac Mini it’s new server. This poses some issues for me.
1. The Mac Mini is not a server grade hardware package
2. It only has a single power supply
3. No IPMI (Out of Band Remote Management)
But, It’s the only option, and we need Macintosh processing BAD!!!