Back of the Rack
Rack next to the desk
same shot without flash
wider shot of desk
For the last decade or so, my home network has consisted a of a pile of machines stacked on a table. I would not have dared to post pictures of that mess here.
I finally got around to putting together a rack setup. I realize that this isn't a proper IT rack with rear rails and such (it's actually a somewhat cheesy Middle Atlantic rack designed for audio equipment), but it works well enough and fits into my apartment bedroom nicely. It also has wheels.
Most of the actual hardware has been accumulated over the last six months or so. It replaces some older hardware (mostly Sun SPARC equipment, which I love, but I can't stand Oracle).
From top to bottom, the hardware is as follows:
- HP printer (on top of rack)
- power strip
- DSL bridge (Speakeasy ADSL)
- Cisco 2621 (total overkill...it just does NAT in my case)
- HP switch
- annex box for access serial consoles
- desktop machine (in rackmount enclosure), i7-2600, runs Linux, connected to dual monitors on desk; has 2x 2TB SATA disks (OS and temp files, mirrored)
- main file/print/samba/DNS/etc. server; E3-1230 Xeon, runs Linux, 2x 500GB SATA disks (OS, mirrored), 2x 300GB SAS disks (data, mirrored)
- test/"play" server; E3-1230 Xeon, runs Linux (mostly), 2x 300GB SAS disks (OS, mirrored)
- Western Electric model 2500 telephone
- CRT monitors (yes, I prefer CRTs)
- tape drive (LTO2)
- Unicomp "Customizer 101" mechanical keyboard
- HP 3-button optical mouse without scroll wheel (I hate scroll wheels; it was extremely difficult to find a current-model USB optical mouse without one)
The wiring job on the back of the rack is not amazingly good, but it is better than anything that I have had at home in the past.
The whole setup is fairly quiet (the Cisco box is actually the loudest thing in the rack). I had to replace the 120mm fans that came with the computer cases with quieter models, and everything is quite reasonable now.