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Re: switching from rails to racks

Looks like APC's going to be out here on Wednesday. Maybe the rep can make sure that some of those shelves are on the demo truck.


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From: Steven J Gold <sjg@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: October 17, 2005 4:38:32 PM EDT

The APC Gov/Edu representative will have their "APC Demo Truck" at Arbor Lakes (probably parked in one of the big parking lots in back) this Wednesday, 10/19/2005, from 1 pm until around 3 or 4 pm for an informational visit. You can just drop in to the truck anytime during the period.

The truck has some of their racks, cooling equipment, UPS's, and PDUs, which they offer for data-centers (and server and/or com closets), especially the new "high density" ones (can you say "blade servers?").

This is strictly an informational visit; nothing will be sold, so it's a chance to talk to the reps and see them demonstrate what's up and which in direction the industry's moving.

...Steve Gold
ITCS/ALDF Operations

On Oct 17, 2005, at 1:32 PM, kevin mcgowan wrote:

I hate rails. I hate looking for the right-sized screws; I hate trying to match rail bits to one another; I hate having oily hands; I hate trying to get rails mounted at just the right width so the machine will slide in but not smash onto the floor. Furthermore, I think it is silly for us to be mounting all of our hardware on rails (to save space) when we can't maximize rack capacity anyway.

I vote we move to shelves (not that we actually *move* existing hardware, but that we start using shelves and stop ordering rails):

http://www.apcc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm? base_sku=AR8122BLK&language=en&LOCAL.APCCountryCode=ww
http://www.provantage.com/buy-7AMPI00N-fixed-shelf-250lb-capacity- black-apc-rack-system-accessories-ar8122blk-shopping.htm

willie and I did some research and this looks to be the cheapest sturdy-looking shelf we could find. I suspect it will only fit in the square-hole 4-post racks, though. I'm ordering one to check it out. Anyone else interested? Anyone want me to get a few extra so they also can "check" and "out?"

lovingly and sincerely,