Sonnet xMac Pro Server
PCIe 2.0 Expansion System/4U Rackmount Enclosure for MacPro with Thunderbolt 2 Ports
Expand & Secure Your Mac Pro
Building on the concept of our award-winning xMac mini Server for Mac® mini, we designed an expansion system that safely encloses the latest Mac Pro® into a tightly integrated 16″ deep rackmount enclosure, incorporates PCIe card expansion with three PCIe 2.0 slots and 20Gbps Thunderbolt™ 2 technology, and provides the capability to add peripherals with optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits.
The new Mac Pro is an object of desire, but a lustrous finish hides its true beauty within—massive power. If you’re a pro user in the video or audio industries, the Mac Pro offers the power you need, but lacks the built-in expandability you count on. In order to achieve this engineering feat, Apple® designers stripped away components and space to a minimum, taking out PCIe slots and drive bays, and packed the remaining components into a small cylinder. Its compact size makes the new Mac Pro more transportable and rackable, but prevents onboard installation of PCIe expansion cards. In addition, the computer still requires an enclosure to make it road- or rack-ready and provide convenient cable management.
Sonnet’s xMac™ Pro Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure addresses these issues and increases a Mac Pro’s potential in a big way. With amazing expansion capabilities, an easy to maintain modular design, and support for a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts and portable rack cases, xMac Pro Server is the perfect solution for expanding the power of your Mac Pro.
Designed for the Mac Pro
xMac Pro Server houses the computer, a PCIe cards expansion module, and optional mobile rack kit equipment in a modular, rugged 4U steel enclosure.
Features Thunderbolt 2 Technology
20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 Technology and optical or copper Thunderbolt cables ensure maximum performance.
Broad PCIe Card Support
The PCIe Card Expansion Module supports three
high-performance PCIe cards, including AVID® Pro
Tools | HDX.
Five Year Warranty Included
There’s no need to pay an additional 10–20% on top of the purchase price for an extended warranty beyond one year—Sonnet backs xMac Pro Server with our pro 5-year warranty.
Expand Your xMac Pro Server Further with Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits
Sonnet’s Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits enable you to add more expansion devices to your rack without taking up additional rack space. The Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit includes an internal 100W power supply inside to power the installed devices, a large internal fan to quietly and efficiently cool the expansion kit, and mounting hardware to secure the devices and the kit itself. Preconfigured kits include the mobile rack peripherals, PCIe card, and necessary cables; you provide drives as necessary.
Simpler Mac Pro Rackmount Solution
If you like the idea and design of the xMac Pro Server, but don’t need the expansion capabilities it offers for your Mac Pro, consider Sonnet’s RackMac™ Pro rackmount enclosure for one or two Mac Pro computers. This 4U enclosure includes one or two Computer Mounting Modules (the same included with the xMac Pro) to secure the computers, and supports the installation of one Twin 10G Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt 2 Adapter per computer. If you change your mind later about Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion, you can add one or two Sonnet Echo Express III-R chassis to your setup.
Smart Design All Around
Securely Enclose Your New Mac Pro and PCIe Cards
Constructed of heavy-duty steel, xMac Pro Server’s outer 4U rackmount enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for the Mac Pro and PCIe cards installed inside. Hidden behind a handsome front panel, both the computer and PCIe card expansion system reside in separate modules to simplify setup and maintenance, allowing you to work with the computer or cards individually. We know that your Mac Pro is a beautiful, gleaming cylinder, so we constructed a protective enclosure for the computer out of steel, and covered it with soft touch padding to hold the Mac Pro firmly in place while protecting its mirror finish. The remaining space in the enclosure is perfect for installing a Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit with additional equipment such as HDDs and SSDs, a tape drive, optical drive, a Qio™ MR pro media reader, or even a Twin 10G Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt 2 Adapter.
Computer Mounting Module
Provides a protective steel “cocoon,” covered with soft touch padding, that holds the Mac Pro firmly in place while protecting its mirror finish. Rear panel-mounted cables connect the Mac Pro to the back of the xMac Pro Server for convenient external connections.
PCIe Card Expansion Module
Features three PCIe 2.0 slots, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a universal 300W power supply with 75W auxiliary power connector for cards that require supplementary power.
Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits
Optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits expand xMac Pro Server with peripheral expansion. Basic kit includes mounting bracket with 100W power supply and fan. Pre-configured kits include PCIe adapter card, plus cables and devices.
Cool, Quiet Operator
The new Mac Pro’s cylindrical core is topped with a single large fan that quietly and efficiently cools the computer, drawing in cool air through the bottom and expelling warm air through the top. Mounted on its side inside xMac Pro server, the computer’s airflow path remains unchanged and unobstructed—full, independent airflow through the computer is maintained according to Apple’s guidelines.
The xMac Pro Server was designed to be remarkably quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. The PCIe Card Expansion Module is cooled separately with dual, ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled fans. Its fans vent warm air through custom Venturi openings, resulting in reduced air velocity, turbulence, and, consequently, fan noise. The fans are variable-speed, and the computer-modeled airflow management ensures that even hot-running cards and the module’s components remain reliably cool without the need to install an extra PCIe blower card that would prevent the use of one of the three slots.
Built for Expansion
Lighting Fast 10GbE Connectivity Over Thunderbolt 2
The latest xMac Pro Server supports the installation of Sonnet’s Twin 10G dual-port 10GBase-T 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Thunderbolt 2 Adapter, a powerful and cost-effective way to add 10GbE connectivity to your setup. The Twin 10G incorporates mounting points to support firm attachment to the xMac Pro rackmount enclosure in place of a Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit.
Using the optional Twin 10G Mounting Kit, the adapter is secured inside of the enclosure (in place of a Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit), thereby enabling 10GbE connectivity for the Mac Pro via a separate Thunderbolt 2 port for maximum bandwidth, and without taking up a PCIe slot or requiring extra rack space.
Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits for Added Versatility
Add one or two 5.25″ mobile rack peripherals to your xMac Pro Server. Install one full-height or two half-height mobile rack devices (such as an LTO tape drive and a Sonnet Qio MR pro media reader) using the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit (sold separately).
Thunderbolt Cable with ThunderLok Included
Thunderbolt connectors are held in place by friction, which works well in situations where equipment remains undisturbed while operating. But when there’s a chance of movement nearby, there’s a chance the Thunderbolt cable can be unintentionally unplugged possibly leading to loss of your work or data. Sonnet’s ThunderLok prevents accidental cable disconnections from xMac Pro Server’s PCIe Card Expansion Module, and is easy to install and use—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the enclosure by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok does not attach to the connector but remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.
Locking HDMI Cable Included
Also included with the xMac Pro Server is a Sonnet-exclusive HDMI cable with a locking connector on one end. This cable attaches securely to xMac Pro Server’s Computer Mounting Module to prevent accidental disconnections.
Simpler Mac Pro Rackmount Solution
If you like the idea and design of the xMac Pro Server, but don’t need the expansion capabilities it offers for your Mac Pro, consider Sonnet’sRackMac™ Pro rackmount enclosure for one or two Mac Pro computers. This 4U enclosure includes one or two Computer Mounting Modules (the same included with the xMac Pro) to secure the computers, and supports the installation of one Twin 10G Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt 2 Adapter per computer. If you change your mind later about Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion, you can add one or two Sonnet Echo Express III-Rchassis to your setup.
High Speed Connectivity
Thunderbolt provides fast external connections to high-speed peripherals and high-resolution displays, all through one port. Combining the power of PCI Express (PCIe) technology and DisplayPort connectivity, Thunderbolt provides a gateway for your Mac to a world of external expansion systems, storage, video capture solutions and 4K displays.
Through one connector, Thunderbolt 2 provides two channels of 20Gbps of throughput in both directions. That’s more than enough bandwidth to daisy chain up to six high-speed peripherals, including a 4K display, without the need for external power or hubs.
Thunderbolt 2 incorporates DisplayPort 1.2 protocol which allows video streaming to a single 4K video monitor or dual QHD monitors. Thunderbolt 2 is backwards compatible with earlier Thunderbolt devices, connectors, and cables at 10Gbps speeds.
Built for Thunderbolt 2
The Mac Pro includes six high-bandwidth 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 ports to compensate for its lack of internal expansion. The original 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface on older computers provided breakthrough bandwidth for external expansion, more than sufficient to support the maximum performance of most Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards.
However, some high-bandwidth cards such as the RED ROCKET™, 16Gb Fibre Channel, multi-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and other bandwidth-hungry adapters require more than 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 technology removes this barrier by providing more bandwidth for demanding applications. The xMac Pro Server’s 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 interface takes full advantage of this increased bandwidth to ensure optimum performance from installed cards connected to the Mac Pro.
If you need to connect a peripheral equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt, there’s no problem—xMac Pro Server is fully compatible with earlier generation Thunderbolt devices as well.
Upgradeable to Thunderbolt 3
When available, upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Technology with a replacement Thunderbolt interface card.
Strong Link in the Chain
This Sonnet solution supports daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt technology-enabled peripherals, such as an Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, video capture devices, and a bus-powered Sonnet Thunderbolt P2 Card Reader. For connected devices requiring extra power, 10 watts is provided through the daisy chain port to peripherals when connected via copper Thunderbolt cables.
Copper Thunderbolt Cables
Thunderbolt Cable and ThunderLok™ Included
Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable to connect the xMac Pro Server to your computer, and a ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(3) to secure the cable to the enclosure. Thunderbolt connectors are held in place by friction, which works well in situations where equipment remains undisturbed while operating. But when there’s a chance of movement nearby, there’s a chance the Thunderbolt cable can be unintentionally unplugged, possibly leading to loss of your work or data.
Sonnet’s ThunderLok prevents accidental cable disconnections from xMac Pro Server’s PCIe Card Expansion Module, and is easy to install and use—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the enclosure by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok does not attach to the connector but remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.
Optical Thunderbolt Cables
Get Full Thunderbolt Performance, At a Distance
Whether noisy PCIe card fans make it impractical to use the xMac Pro Server in a noise-sensitive environment, or because securing it in another room is required, you may find it necessary to put some space between the xMac Pro and the workspace. No problem! Optical Thunderbolt cables, available in lengths up to 60 meters, enable you to locate your equipment where you need and connect the pieces without loss of functionality. Sonnet offers a 10-meter Optical Thunderbolt Cable perfect for shorter runs. Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt compatible, these thin, lightweight, and tough fiber optic cables are easy to route and deliver performance equal to copper Thunderbolt cables.
PCIe Cards Support
Connect Up to Three PCIe Cards to Your New Mac Pro
The latest Mac Pro’s compact size makes it more transportable and rack space efficient than the older tower, but it doesn’t accommodate onboard PCIe cards or storage expansion. Sonnet’s xMac Pro Server supports three full-length PCIe cards through its PCIe Card Expansion Module. It integrates a universal 300W(4) power supply and includes a 75W PCIe power connector for cards that require supplementary power, such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX or the RED® ROCKET-X.
Even with all that power, xMac Pro Server is enviro-friendly; it automatically powers the PCIe expansion system on or off whenever the connected computer powers on or wakes, or powers off or sleeps, respectively.
Every Thunderbolt-Compatible Card Supported
The xMac Pro Server supports three full-length PCIe cards, or one double-width, full-length card plus one single-width card, enabling it to support every Thunderbolt-compatible card available. PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 3.0 cards are supported.
RED ROCKET Supporter
If you’re a RED ROCKET or RED ROCKET-X user, you already know that the card normally takes up two PCIe slots—one for the card itself and another for the BNC connector bracket (for HD-SDI output). Sonnet designed xMac Pro Server to accommodate the card/bracket pair in a single slot. The xMac Pro Server includes mounting holes designed specifically for the installation of two BNC connectors, enabling you to install the RED ROCKET card in one slot and its BNC connectors in the Echo chassis’ mounting holes, leaving the two remaining slots open. The extra bandwidth afforded by the Thunderbolt 2 interface significantly increases the ROCKET’s throughput, too.
Avid Qualified • Media Composer • Pro Tools
The xMac Pro Server is Avid qualified. It has been tested and approved for use with Pro Tools HD 11 software, and is qualified by the Avid Audio group for use with Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native systems and separately qualified by the Avid Video group for use with Media Composer/Symphony with the new Mac Pro (Late 2013). See the AVID website for details on Pro Tools and Media Composer compatibility.
Provides PCIe Card Expansion for Mac Pro—Use high-performance PCIe cards with the latest Mac Pro
Makes Your a Pro Road-Ready—4U rackmount enclosure securely holds the computer and PCIe cards in place, adding mobility to your Mac
Three PCIe Slots—Supports three full-length, full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card
Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Maximum performance with Mac Pro; backward compatible with devices equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology
Upgradeable—When available, upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Technology with a replacement Thunderbolt interface card
Power for High Performance PCIe Cards—Integrated 300W power supply provides plenty of power for any cards you install; 75W auxiliary PCIe power connector enables use of power hungry cards such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX or the RED ROCKET-X
Provides Space for Additional Devices—Using optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits, you can install HDDs, SSDs, a tape or optical drive, and more inside the xMac Pro Server’s enclosure
Remarkably Quiet—Temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans automatically and quietly cool installed PCIe cards
Front Panel Operation, Rear Panel Connectivity—Front panel power button activates power switch on Mac Pro; USB 3.0 port enables connection of peripheral devices such as a keyboard, mouse, thumb drives; two Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 3.0, and HDMI ports are mounted at the rear of the chassis for easy connectivity
Energy Efficient—Variable-speed fans automatically adjust to the unique needs of each configuration, and the auto power on/off feature ensures there is no energy wasted with cards powered on when the Mac Pro is sleeping or off
Supports Thunderbolt Expansion—Enables daisy chain connection of additional Thunderbolt technology devices when other Mac Pro Thunderbolt ports are in use
Every Thunderbolt-Compatible PCIe Card
Supported—Works with every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, regardless of length or height
AVID Qualified for Pro Tools|HDX & HD Native and Media Composer/Symphony
5-Year Warranty Included—No extra charge for a 5-year Sonnet pro warranty
Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included—Includes Thunderbolt cable and ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure cable from accidental disconnections
Locking HDMI Cable Included—Includes Sonnet-exclusive HDMI cable with locking connector at one end to secure cable from accidental disconnections from xMac Pro Serve
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