Rack or Cabinet?
Robert G. Brown
rgb at phy.duke.edu
Wed Jun 18 11:20:03 EDT 2003
On Tue, 17 Jun 2003, Trent Piepho wrote:
> cheaper, usually < $500
> open design probably results in better cooling
> doesn't look as nice, with exposed rat's nests of wires, etc.
> Looks nice, with plexyglass doors and hidden wires, making non-techie types
> more impressed with how their computer dollars were spent
> dampens sound
> expensive, typical > $1500
> lack of airflow may result in poor cooling
Yup, I think you've about got it. Except that I think that closed
cabinets are often power-ventilated with directed AC so that cooling may
not be that much of a problem, to be fair.
To me, the more than $1000 difference in cost is pretty much everything.
We keep all the racks in a room where sound doesn't matter and there are
enough nodes that the impression factor doesn't matter much either.
It's a workingperson's cluster vs a show cluster kind of thing...;-)
Robert G. Brown http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/
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