Data Centers

Thureon's Armarac is a server room-in-a-box

Ross Vincent and the Thureon Armarac

Ancient Roman soldiers used 4-foot tall thureon shields to protect themselves in battle. Building on that concept of protection, Thureon, an engineering and IT operations company based in Auckland, New Zealand, created the Armarac. This wall-mounted, "server-room-in-a-box" made its American debut at Interop Las Vegas 2007.

Ross Vincent, Director and co-founder, gave me a demonstration of this unique rackmount enclosure and its patent-pending Vertiblade system.

The Armarac has enough visual appeal to hang on an office wall and is rugged enough to survive harsh industrial environments. It is available in a variety of colors and configurations. You can mount it directly to a load bearing wall or use an optional floor stand.

The Armarac is THE most innovative server enclosure I've seen in a long while. If you're looking for a way to safely and securely house 1 to 6 19-inch servers, you should definitely give Thureon's Armarac careful consideration. Base units (with wall mount) cost $7,995 USD and a fully equipped model with built-in KVM system, and temperature monitor is $9,995 USD. The Armarac Floor Stand is an additional $1,500 USD.

By Bill Detwiler

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