The folks at
Marathon Computer, who have been designing and making rackmount solutions for the Mac since 1997, are offering a new rackmount option that allows the installation of any Mac tower case in a standard 19-inch equipment rack, retaining the tower’s vertical orientation. With this option, two G3 or G4 tower cases can fit side by side in just 11 rack units of vertical space.
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“For several years, now, our G*Rack has been the standard for rackmounting Macintoshes,” said Don Henry, Marathon’s industrial designer. “It just attaches to the case where the handles go, and the whole thing turns sideways and fits in any standard 19-inch equipment rack. But, for some people, turning the computer sideways just isn’t a desirable option. So, we’ve engineered some special adapters that provide horizontal rackmount rails inside your rack cabinet. Standing upright, two G4 towers can fit in only 11 rack spaces.”
VH Bars, Marathon vertical rackmount adapters, are offered as an option for the G*Rack. Existing G*Rack installations can be retrofitted with Verizontals to hold two G3 or G4 towers side by side — or to hold a single Mac alongside other standard 19-inch equipment. And they’re not limited to use just with G*Rack, Henry said. They can be used as an all-purpose rack accessory for mounting any standard rack device vertically.
You can get one G*Rack and one pair of Verizontal VH Bars for US$230. One G*Rack and two pairs of VH Bars (for front and back support) will cost you $255. And a dual combination — two G*Racks and two VH Bar pairs — goes for $450. More details can be found at
the product Web site.
After all, there’s nothing more pleasant than having folks look at your Mac and say, “Hey, nice rack.”