Less than a week since being teased at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the Mac Pro is already finding its way into new and useful places. MacStadium, which currently utlizes the Mac mini for dedicated hosting and colocation, has announced plans to offer Mac Pro hosting later this year.
MacStadium has already developed custom racks for the new Mac Pro (via Macworld/TUAW), which features a brand-new design that is much smaller than the previous model, and can store 270 Mac Pros in each Mac Pro POD. That’s fifteen rows, nine columns, and two Mac Pros per slot.
Prior to its redesign, the Mac Pro would have populated rooms rather than racks with the same configuration. With nearly 300 Mac Pros taking up just 12 square feet of floor space, each Mac Pro POD will surely produce a small Florida county worth of heat!
With help from the Mac Pros thermal core center, MacStadium says it has developed a system to adequetly cool each Mac Pro POD:
The MacStadium POD is a pressurized environment allowing the Mac Pro servers to effortlessly draw in conditioned air from the central chamber, and expel it thru its unified thermal core.
Each server is provided redundant power, cooling, and a full Gigabit of Internet connectivity, all backed by live 24×7 support ensuring 100% uptime for even the most advanced implementations.
Macminicolo isn’t missing out on the action. Soon after the Mac Pro was announced, Macminimolo issued this teaser via Twitter:
http://t.co/xUScsNsbnX? Of course.
— Macminicolo (@macminicolo) June 10, 2013
Macminicolo announced today plans for Xcode Server that includes an iPad and an iPod touch as part of a new server package. “Our racks are all ready and can start hosting the day the Pros are released,” the company tells us.
At WWDC last week, Apple announced two things that really caught our attention at Macminicolo.
Xcode Server will be included in Server.app. This is huge. A number of customers here already use their minis as CI servers. (Here’s a post on how the developers of Day One uses their CI server.) Jenkins is great, but Xcode Server is drop dead simple. We’ve been testing it here. When It’s publicly available, we’ll have a specific package that includes a server, an iPad and an iPod touch. Everything you need to develop and collaborate your code.
The Mac Pro is another great release. It’s smaller size, and crafted design, will make it great for a data center.
Needless to say, it’s certainly an exciting time for hosting and colocation with the announcement of the all-new Mac Pro.