Sonnet earlier this week announced a new rackmount enclosure and expansion chassis that was created specially for the cylindrical Apple Mac Pro, which they are calling the new xMac Pro Server.
The new chassis allows users to horizontally mount their Mac Pro in a standard data centre rack, it also has other benefits such as 3 x PCIe single-width expansion slots, three USB 3.0 ports, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an HDMI port on the back of the chassis.
The new chassis also features Thunderbolt 2 compatibility as well as a mounting kit for additional storage or optical drives, if that’s required. Sonnet plans to start shipping the new chassis this June, however they have not released any pricing details for the xMac Pro Server Rackmount Chassis just yet.
“The new Mac Pro has become the object of desire, but a lustrous finish hides its true beauty—the massive power within. If you’re a pro user in the video or audio industries, the Mac Pro offers the power you need, but lacks the built-in expandability you count on.
In order to achieve this engineering feat, Apple designers stripped away components and space to a minimum, taking out PCIe slots and drive bays, and packed the remaining components into a small cylinder. Its compact size makes the new Mac Pro more transportable and rackable, but prevents onboard installation of PCIe expansion cards.
In addition, the computer still requires an enclosure to make it road- or rack-ready and provide convenient cable management. Sonnet’s xMac Pro Server PCIe expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure addresses these issues and increases a Mac Pro’s potential in a big way.”