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Startup Ajubeo Focuses On Building CIO-Centric Cloud

May 24th, 2012

Chuck Price knows what it feels like to be a CIO, and he has conversed with numerous other chief information officers about the topic of cloud computing. So, when Price set out to begin his own cloud computing operation, his focus was on making his IT infrastructure “for CIOs, by CIOS.”

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Price is the CEO and President at Ajubeo, a cloud-provider that has started cloud-related business in Boulder, with the intention of assembling software, hardware (server racks, computers and the like), and networking tech aimed primarily at end users or those looking for IaaS cloud platforms. Ajubeo is funded by Grey Mountain Partners, a private equity business based in Boulder with over 400 million dollars in managed investments.

The name Ajubeo is taken from Latin roots, phrases which mean “beginning with strong relationships, mastery and order.” Price was previously employed at CoreSite Realty as the Technology VP and has acquired many other CoreSite Veterans for his new company. With all of the past experience in the new company, Price believes that Ajubeo's infrastructure and networking offerings will be the best option for CIOs who are looking to put their IT network on the best path.

“Ajubeo's inspiration came from challenges we experienced first-hand while leading enterprise IT departments for some of the most regulated organizations in the world,” said Price, who co-founded Ajubeo with another official from CoreSite, Tom Whitcomb. Ajubeo's self-stated mission is to furnish current-day IT executives with a high-security environment that increases overall company performance, starting with a thorough examination of current work conditions and looking forward based on the company's visions for the future. Ajubeo will then work with the company to provide a cloud platform that is made specifically for the needs that must be met to succeed as a business.


SingleHop Opens Facility in Arizona

May 10th, 2012

SingleHop, a prominent data center service supplier, has decided to open a new data center in Phoenix, Arizona.  The planned data center will be managed by IO.  IO is one of the foremost givers of cutting-edge modular facility technology and services.  The business currently is the only North American extension for SingleHop.  SingleHop can now give its consumers the choice to decide in which facility the client would prefer to house his hardware.

The new technology provided by IO gives the data center the ability to be able to hold up to 2,500 servers and equipment racks.  The data center gives the company’s clients the ability to link with SingleHop’s services using 40ms of latency. SingleHop’s platform continues to function using cutting-edge automation which helps raise user control in the modular facility.

The company which will manage the Arizona data center, IO, is a business which provides data center infrastructure to some of the biggest corporations worldwide.  The business maintains a large amount of facilities for consumers.  IO is also constructing the cloud of the future for its clients.  The company works hard to deliver the fastest service for its consumers worldwide.  The business was the creator of the premier facility operating system, IO.OS.  Its purpose was to give the maximum intelligent control required to have the most efficient resiliency and energy in data centers.  The company has a main location in Phoenix.

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SingleHop has customers in over one hundred different countries, has three major facilities, and controls more than ten thousand online servers.  The enterprise gives cutting-edge instant infrastructure services for end-user and re-sellers mainly under periodic contracts.  The company merges safety and ease in order to give solutions to a diverse set of corporations worldwide.  The business continues to be a prominent giver of remote administration and availability when personal devices are being used.


Secure a Single Server in a Shared Rack

December 19th, 2011

If you have sensitive data on a server that needs restricted access, one option is a Secure Server Unit. The Secure Server Unit, or SSU for short, allows you to lock a 1U or 2U server within a rack, preventing access to anyone who doesn’t have a key. The front and rear doors may both be locked to help thwart tampering of hard drives or ports.

Each SSU requires 2 keys and 2 locks (they come with the unit).  You can choose from 6 different lock and key combinations so that if you purchase more than one SSU, you can decide if you want the same key to unlock both units or if you prefer that the keys be different for each.

The SSU is shown below, first as an empty unit mounted in a 4Post server rack, then with a 2U server installed.

Empty SSUSecure Server Unit

This Secure Server Unit requires a set of 2U Universal Rails to be installed along with the doors, lock assemblies and top cross bar. It takes up 3U of rack space, comes with all the required hardware, and it also includes zip tie mounts for securing cables in the rear. The

Racking Cisco’s UCS C210-M2

October 28th, 2011
Cisco’s UCS C210-M2 is available with 2 different tool-less slide rails. Both are 1U rails that will mount in 2 post or 4 post server racks, but in some cases, additional mounting hardware is required. See details in this article for more info. This rail kit is compatible as/is with two different types of tool-less mounting interfaces: 3/8″ square hole and 1/4″ round hole racks. The mechanism on this rail kit has a spring loaded sleeve that retracts for round hole racks. When installing in square hole racks, the sleeve stays in place and centers the mounting pins in the square holes. The mechanism wraps around the outside of the rack uprights and has a small latch to secure the rail in place.

UCS C210-M2 (Version #1) rails mounted in a 2post rack using RackSolutions’ 2POST-2UKIT

UCS C210-M2 (Version #1) server mounted in a 2
post rack using RackSolutions’ 2POST-2UKIT

How do you measure the width of your server to see if it will fit in a 2 post rack?
See diagram below.

Since the Cisco Rails aren’t made to work with round holed, 4Post racks, you may have to use 4 Post Adapter Brackets to convert round holes to square ones. See below how a 2UBRK-200-FULL bracket was added to each post in order to rack the UCS C210-M2 in a round holed rack.

Rail Version #1

Cisco P/N: KS PN – 3Q61-820APZZ0AA
Description: Sliding Rails for C210 M2

Rack Compatibility 3/8″ Square Hole Racks 1/4″ Round Hole Racks
Rail Extension: 27 7/8″
Overall Installation Depth: 33″ with CMA*
Installation Depth Range: min: 27″ max: 37 3/4″
Width of Server with Rails Installed: 18″
Able to Mount in a 2 Post Rack? Yes


Rail Version #2

Cisco P/N: KS PN – 3A61-737MPZZ0IN
Description: Sliding Rails for C210 M2

Rack Compatibility 3/8″ Square Hole Racks 1/4″ Round Hole Racks
Rail Extension: 27 3/4″
Overall Installation Depth: 33″ with CMA*
Installation Depth Range: min: 23 3/8″ max: 36 1/2″”
Width of Server with Rails Installed: 18 1/2″
Able to Mount in a 2 Post Rack? No


In the event that you don’t have the rails that came with the
UCS C210-M2 server, you may rackmount the server in a 2 post rack using RackSolutions’ 2UKIT-009. See installation directly below:

Installing UCS Rails in a Threaded Hole Rack

Installing UCS Rails in a 2Post Rack

Universal Rails may be the answer

September 12th, 2011

What do you do when you need OEM replacement rails for your server or rackmount equipment, and they are no longer available? Or what happens when your OEM rails don”t fit in your new rack? In many cases, your best option is to purchase a set of Universal Rails.

Frequently, rails made by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) have gone “end of life” and you simply can”t get them from Dell, HP, IBM or Cisco anymore. Even more often, your equipment rails won”t mount in the rack in the new data center or data closet. Your old rack may have had round holes, and the new rack has square ones. Your old rack”s mounting depth may have been shorter than your new, deeper rack. Or maybe there”s an obstruction that”s preventing the rails from installing the way they”re supposed to in the new rack. Before you rip down one of your rack”s 6 foot power strips and begin wielding it like a samurai sword angrily searching for the person who got you into this mess, remember there may be a much more acceptable solution to your predicament. Universal Rails may be the answer. Universal Rack Rails are typically designed more simply in an effort to overcome the majority of rack mounting”s common inconsistencies. They are equipped to install in racks with square, round or threaded holes. Their mounting depth is more flexible, accommodating both deep and shallow racks. And their simple design allows them to avert those annoying obstructions that cause you to shake your fist towards the sky screaming “Why? Why!”

Universal Rails are readily available for 4 post and 2 post racks, and they oftentimes come in tool-less models as well. Frequently, you”ll find versions of Universal Rack Rails that support different U-heights and various weight capacities. Because the simple design doesn”t include rotating ears, ball-bearing slides, or other elaborate parts, Universal server rails are typically much less expensive than OEM replacement rails, offering another reason to consider them when you find yourself in need of new equipment rails for your rack equipment. On the bottom/left, you can see a 2U Universal Rail mounted in a 4 post rack. On the bottom/right is the same 2U Rail with a Dell server installed. See .

2U-universal-server-rack-rails2U universal server rack rails with server

2Post Conversion Kits

August 11th, 2011

Problem You have a room full of 2Post Relay Racks, a bunch of servers, and boxes of 4Post Rail Kits. What are you going to do?

2Post Relay Rack KitSolution Convert your 2Post Racks into 4Post Racks using 2Post Conversion Kits.

Description on rails that have been attached to the 2U Conversion Kit.

The drawings above illustrate how to convert a 2 Post Rack into one that acts like a 4 Post Rack. In the example above, twenty, 2U, 2 Post Conversion Kits have been stacked on top of one another. The brackets have round holes on one end so that one side might be screwed into the threaded holes of the 2 Post Rack. The the other end of the brackets has square holes. Once the brackets have been mounted to the rack, the square holes will face outward in the front and rear of the rack, essentially now transforming it into a 4 Post. Cage nuts and screws are also included if threaded holes are necessary.

How tall can a server rack be?

July 5th, 2011

55U, Open Frame Rack

Server racks come in many different sizes. Some are as short as a or more are in use, that translates into lots of extra equipment space.

50U Open Frame Racks may be bayed together with two, 55U Racks, for example. All four server racks may be equipped with top Air dams, and the rack on each end also may have a side Air Dam installed. Air Dams act like an eave on top of the rack, sticking out 5″ – 10″. The side dams also protrude out 5″ – 10″.  Air Dams are used in tandem with floor grates to improve air containment. These racks may also have optional, side panels for enclosing the two ends of the bay of racks.

On the flip side

The front of a server rack loaded with equipment looks cool, but the back of the rack is where things can get a little hairy, and organization is key to keeping your sanity. That’s why it’s important that a rack have vertical cable bar options, a place to mount vertical PDUs and in some cases.

See Open Frame, 55U Racks for sale.

Network switches, patch panels, servers

HP DL580 G7 Rail Kit

January 27th, 2011

HP DL580 G7 [racking options]

The HP part number for the DL580 G7 slide rail kit is 374503-001. This is the P/N that you will need to order this kit from your HP Sales Rep.

Below is a photo of the individual components found in the DL580 G7 rail kit. It includes 2 slide rails, 2 inner track rails that mount to the sides of the DL580 server, cable management arm, CMA retention arm (the blue thing), zip ties, hardware, and an installation manual.

The minimum installation depth is 28 1/4″. The maximum installation depth is 36 15/16″.


HP P/N Description HP Description
374503-001 Complete Kit KIT, MNTG HDWR, COMMON, 3-7U

Selecting a Wall Mount Rack

January 26th, 2011

Types of Wall Mount Racks

Wall Mount Racks typically come in Open Frame or Cabinet styles.  The Open Frame, Wall Mount Rack is an effective, less expensive, racking option, but it won”t necessarily keep your equipment secure. To discourage equipment tampering, add panels to the top, bottom and sides, as well as a front cover. Because it”s an “Open Frame” rack, equipment installation, wiring and cable management tend to be easier than with an enclosed cabinet, and air flow is not an issue.

What height do I need?

Wall Mount Racks are available in many sizes for use with several applications. Open Frame, Wall Mount Racks are configured by height and depth selections. Heights may range from 12U to 21U, for example. When selecting the height, you determine how much rack U space you need. A “U space” measures 1.75″. A Wall Mount Rack may let you mount up to 21U (36.75″) of equipment in the front rack space, for example. If you don”t require that much U space, you might consider a 15U or 12U height instead.

What depth do I need?

The depth of the Wall Mount Rack is measured in inches (or mm) since it”s important to know how much room is required to mount a piece of equipment in the rack. Before choosing a Wall Mount Rack depth, measure the depth of your equipment to make sure it will fit in the rack, and be sure to allow for a minimum of 3 inches in the back for cabling. Therefore, if you select a rack that is 10.5″ deep, your equipment should ideally be no more than 7.5″ deep.

Also, consider whether you anticipate adding equipment in the future. The size of the equipment you plan to add later, may help determine the size of the rack you need.

Note: The Wall Mount Rack shown below has additional U space on the top and bottom that may be used for equipment such as patch panels or power strips.

Wall Mount Rack

Mounting a Wall Mount Rack

The best thing about the Wall Mount Rack is that it can be mounted on a wall (or almost any flat surface), which means it takes up less space and stays out of your way. Depending on the size you select, a Wall Mount Rack may support 300 – 400 lbs of equipment. I recommend you review the installation instructions prior to purchasing a Wall Mount Rack to make sure they correspond to your preferred mounting configuration and location. Typically, the Wall Mount Rack will come with assembly, mounting and rack mount hardware, but I suggest you review the product documentation to be certain.

What kind of equipment can I put in a Wall Mount Rack?

Wall Mount Racks are primarily used for racking network equipment such as switches or patch panels, but servers may also be mounted vertically in a Wall Mount Rack. Notice in the photo below how the power strip is mounted on the top of the rack.

Wall Mount Racks

This 12U x 4U Wall Rack has four, 1U servers mounted vertically.

Wall Rack with four, 1U servers mounted

Tool-less Filler Panels may be used to enclose the open spaces in the Wall Mount Rack. In the photos below, a 3U filler panel was added to mostly enclose the 4U top of the rack, but 1U of space was intentionally left open.

Wall Mount Rack cable access

See Open Frame, Wall Mount Racks for sale online.

Network switches, patch panels, servers

Selecting a Desktop Rack

January 11th, 2011

Kinds of Desktop Racks
Usually, Desktop Racks come in Open Frame or Enclosed styles.  The Open Frame Desktop Rack is a practical, useful, racking solution, but it’s not ideal for keeping your equipment from being tampered with. Add panels to the top, bottom and sides as a deterrent. It’s generally less difficult to install equipment with an Open Frame Desktop Rack. Cable management is also easier than with an enclosed cabinet. Plus, the flow of air is not a concern.

What height is best for me?
Desktop Racks come in several sizes and may be used with a number of appliances. Open Frame, Desktop Server Racks are put together with height and depth frames. For example, heights may range from 4U to 9U. When choosing the height, you decide how much RU space is needed. An “RU space” equals 1.75″. Therefore, a 4U Desktop Rack has 7″ of space in front.

What depth should I choose?
Before choosing a Desktop Rack depth, measure your equipment to ensure it will fit in the rack. You may also want to leave at least 3 inches in the rear for cabling. If not, your cables may extend past the rear of the rack frame posts. Also, if you plan to add equipment to the rack later on, you may want to account for it ahead of time so you’ll have room when the time comes. Most servers today are designed to mount to rack posts approximately 29″ deep.

Note: The Desktop Rack shown below has additional U space on the top that may be used for equipment such as patch panels or power strips.

Desktop Rack Features

See Open Frame, Desktop Racks for sale online.

Desktop Server Racks

Where can I put a Desktop Rack?
The best thing about the Desktop Rack is that it takes up less space than traditional, 4Post racks and stays out of your way. Position it on a desktop, tabletop, counter top or any flat surface (including the floor) that will support the weight of your equipment. The size rack you select, and the equipment you choose to mount will determine the weight of the rack. You should go over the installation manual before buying a Desktop Rack to ensure it aligns with your plans for use. Normally, Desktop Racks ship with all the required hardware for assembly, but I suggest you review the product documentation to be certain.

What kind of equipment can I put in a Desktop Rack?

Desktop Racks are primarily used for servers, but switches, patch panels and power strips may also be mounted in a Desktop Rack.
Desktop Rack with three, 1U servers and a power strip mounted
Example of a 12U x 4U rack with three, 1U servers and a
power strip mounted.