Thureon, a New Zealand engineering and IT operations company, has introduceds a zero-footprint rackmount system that enables enterprises to securely deploy servers and network equipment without requiring a network room.
The Armarac brings the capabilities of a complete server room into a compact, wall-mounted enclosure, and the company says it fills a void in the market for customers who need to deploy rackmount systems in harsh environments or locations that lack space or physical security.
Bolted to a wall, the tough non-ferrous Armarac clamshell unlocks to reveal Thureon’s Vertiblade hinging mechanism that holds five full-length 1U devices plus an additional half-length device. Any two full-length slots can be combined to accommodate a 2U device. Full-length slots can be converted into two half-length slots with equipment installed back-to-back.
An optional keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) is built into a lockable compartment on the top half of the clamshell exterior. A half-height 5.25” internal tape drive can be installed in a compartment on the lower half of the clamshell.
In addition to server and network equipment, a single Armarac also has room for a location’s PBX and voicemail server before expanding into a second Armarac.
Typical configuration examples that could be deployed using the Armarac include 1U or 2U UPS (APC SmartUPS RM), 2U 2-way dual or quad-core server running multiple virtual machines (Dell PE2950; HP DL380 G5; IBM x3650). 1U IP PBX server (Cisco MCS), 1U Router/Firewall (Cisco 2811; Juniper NetScreen) and 5.25” LTO3 tape drive.
Benefits and features of the Armarac include an advanced design which resists fire and water damage; multi-thread mount extrusions which accommodate industry-standard server retention screws from all major vendors including HP, IBM, Sun, Apple and Dell; the highest level of structural security against theft or forced entry; and a choice of enclosure colors.
Thureon co-founders Darren Smith and Ross Vincent explained that the company’s unique enclosure was born of necessity: “We were working with a project management company in Auckland that needed a temporary remote office in a factory,” Smith said. “It was hot, dusty, and without any place to put the equipment – not even a closet or stairwell.” Since their client preferred to use rackmount gear wherever possible, “we looked for a compact, dustproof, lockable rack that we could cool,” said Vincent. “We couldn’t find anything out there, so in typical New Zealand fashion, we decided to build our own.”
At the heart of their innovative technology, the Vertiblade articulated hinge system, which holds the devices vertically without rails, makes the Armarac enclosure particularly easy to deploy. “You can get to both sides of the devices to install cables without moving your feet – and without having to stretch,” Vincent said.
The Armarac is available in custom sizes with the standard unit occupying less than 4.75 sq. ft./0.44 m2 of airspace above the floor and measures 28 in./71 cm wide by 68 in./172 cm high on the wall when fully opened.
Base units are priced at US$7,995 USD; fully equipped models with built-in LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse, KVM switch and temperature monitor are US$9,995 USD. All are available immediately.