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Issue 39

Publisher:  Jack Burlin                                Editor:  Nanci Kindle

September 4, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE
Your success story Monthly featured product Kevinisms Trivia
Articles of Interest:  Are LAN Racks Dead? Buick Day on the New York State Thruway
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Your Success Story

Hi Brandon,

We received 2 of the 3 shipments already... what great service!!  Thanks a bunch!

I personally unpacked the one sent to West Jordan, UT.  Cabinet looks great and we did receive 4 keys.

I called Mesa, AZ and they received theirs yesterday; I assume the 2 going to Price, UT will arrive soon.

Thanks again for all your help, and for the quick service!!

Boyd Sillito

Monthly Featured Product

                              


Economy 48" wide LAN Rack with
fixed height work surface and
rear uprights only.

New Four-Post LAN Racks with
adjustable height worksurface and
uprights both front and rear.

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Information Support Concepts (ISC) has discontinued the monthly product special. Since we are now running weekly specials with much deeper discounts, it made sense for the monthly special to be replaced.  We will now have a featured product each month, and direct our customers back to the weekly special for discounted items.

You can click on this link to see the current weekly product special! 

ISC has just introduced a number of new four-post LAN rack configurations.  For the time being there are four standard configurations that can be purchased.

The four-post LAN racks provide more flexibility and more weight capacity than the economy LAN racks.  They also lend themselves more easily to customization.  In the future, we will offer the ability to choose the size, type, and number of components clients need to create their own LAN rack designs.

As always, ISC personnel are ready to answer your questions, and can confirm what product will work for your specific application. If you have a question, just call us at 800-458-6255.

Are LAN Racks Dead?
by Jack Burlin

Before answering the question, let’s define some terms.  A LAN rack is a series of surfaces with certain structural supports.  The supports can be of varying styles like cantilever or four-post, and the rack itself can be mobile or fixed in place.  LAN racks can do double duty as work stations or tech benches while providing additional surfaces for the placement of servers and peripherals.  In a LAN rack, most items are shelf mounted.

 LAN racks are different from computer cabinets.  Cabinets are usually fixed in position, and provide a frame which supports moveable rack rails.  In a cabinet, most items are rack mounted.

 Each type of structure has advantages and disadvantages.  See the accompanying chart below to compare the capabilities of LAN Racks and computer cabinets.

 Note that the two “hottest” issues for data center managers today are thermal management and remote management.  The trend in data centers is to go with higher density, more power, and fewer people (and their work stations which take up space).  The amount of heat being generated in a data center is extreme, and keeping all the servers cool is a major challenge.  Cabinets are ideally suited to this environment as cold air can be supplied at the front of the cabinets (where most servers pull in the cooling air) while warm air is kept away from this area, and ideally is removed from the room to be recycled back to the air conditioners to provide the best cooling efficiency. 

Regrettably, LAN racks have no provision for ensuring cold air is available to provide optimal cooling of servers.  In addition, LAN racks, while capable of hosting remote power and environmental monitoring, go against the trend of having fewer people at work in the data center.  Data center managers want to remotely control and reboot servers, while remotely monitoring critical environmental factors such as temperature and humidity.  This capability is not a LAN Rack strength.

 So for data center applications, my assessment would be that LAN Racks are not the best choice.  However, for smaller applications where a more efficient use of space is important, and where thermal management is not such a challenge, today’s LAN Racks can fit in perfectly.

LAN racks, while not the best choice for certain applications like data centers, are certainly very viable in a lot of other applications, and it may be some time before we see the LAN Rack obituary in any of the local papers.  LAN Racks are alive and well and will continue to provide support for whatever components need to be in close proximity to the people who operate them.

 

  LAN Racks Cabinets
Rackmount Frames Limited Yes
Seismic Capability No Yes
Security No Yes
Environmental Control Limited Yes
Cable Management Yes Yes
Hybrid Configurations Yes No
Work Stations Yes Limited
Raised Floor Applications Limited Yes
Mobility Yes Limited
Host Servers? Limited Yes
Host Towers? Yes Limited (on shelves)
Reconfigurable? Yes Limited
High Density Applications Limited Yes
Thermal Management No Yes
Remote Management Yes Yes
Rear Access Limited Yes
Slide Out Access Limited Yes

ISC offers LAN RACKS to help
organize and protect your network
components!

Don't put your hardware in danger!
Call the Rackmount Ranger!
800-458-6255.

Kevinisms

A Kevinism is a funny or intriguing statement or idea from our Vice President of Sales, Kevin Hunt.  Kevin is a big fan of Sandra Bullock, Pizza Inn black olive pizza, The Washington Redskins, and Dr. Pepper (not necessarily in that order).  He is not a big fan of Chinese food, seafood, or other types of "dead" stuff.

There have been a number of Kevinisms written about Kevin's unusual way with words.  He is a bit of a malaprop, but never is willing to admit it.

Recently Kevin was extolling his expertise in the "King's English."  When questioned as to which king he was talking about, he would say, "The one that prefers English."  When queried to be more specific he would get exasperated.  All we wanted him to say was the King of England, but he could not get it right.

He finally said that his expertise in the King's English was being unfairly "adulterated, slanged, slimed, and mutinied."

I find it very hard to believe that anyone considered to be an expert in our language would use either "slanged" or "slimed" in any form, but for the moment we will let Kevin slide on those.

Adulterate:

To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients.

The only adulterating Kevin does is when he eats Okra or Pizza Inn pizza (talk about inferior), although he will tell you he only eats the highest quality foods, and then only the ones that are good for you and taste good.  So I don't see how Kevin can claim to be adulterated.

Mutiny:

Open rebellion against constituted authority, especially rebellion of sailors against superior officers.

If Kevin is considering himself a constituted authority on the English language, then he might construe criticism as a mutiny.  However looking at his record I don't think Kevin can qualify as a constituted authority anywhere except in his own mind.  Therefore, I don't see how he can complain about being mutinied.

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Buick Day on the New York State Thru-way

Here is a little anecdote I heard in college.  I can’t verify if it was true, but it sounds reasonable.

In Upstate New York in the early 1970s, if you wanted to go East/West across the state, you had to travel on the New York State Thruway.  At that time there was no automated lane that would electronically read your “toll tag” and charge against it.  Likewise there were no tokens.  It was a cash only transaction, and if you did not have the correct change you could talk to the booth attendant to get change.

One Saturday in the Spring, a group of people from the same fraternity decided they would drive out of town a few miles to a nearby park.  Leaving Syracuse they had a couple of cars in caravan, with a senior driving the lead car and a freshman pledge driving the second car.

They only had to stop at a single toll booth each way to make a payment in the range of $.75, so the senior in the lead car thought it would be fun to pull a joke on the freshman.

When the senior pulled up to the toll booth, the freshman (not knowing where they were going and simply following the senior) was directly behind him in line.  The senior spoke with the toll booth attendant and explained he was going to pay for both cars.  He asked the toll booth attendant to simply wave the second car through without stopping them or asking for payment.  When the senior pulled away, he saw the car right behind him being waved through.

Later in the day, the freshman mentioned that he did not have to pay a toll, and was surprised by it.  The senior told the freshman that the Thruway system sometimes had unannounced specials, and asked what kind of car the freshman was driving.  The freshman said he had a Buick, so the senior told him it must be Buick Day.  If you are driving a Buick on Buick Day, then you don’t have to pay the tolls and the attendants just wave you through.

Going back to Syracuse in the afternoon, the senior was again in the lead with the freshman right behind him.  However, this time, he did not pay for two cars but only his car.  As he pulled out from the toll booth he saw the freshman pull out right behind him without paying the toll.  Thinking it was Buick Day, the freshman expected to be waved through, and was quite surprised when the alarms went off and he was quickly pulled over by a New York State Trooper.

You can just imagine the freshman explaining to the trooper that he did not have to pay the toll because it was Buick Day.  I don’t think he was able to talk his way out of the ticket.

 Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this month's newsletter. 
Please direct your comments to Jack Burlin.

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Trivia Question

Here is another Saturday Night Live question from classic television.

Q:  What character's catch phrase was, "Well isn't that special?"    

All correct answers will be placed into a pool for a random drawing at the end of the month.  The winner will receive a free laptop cooler, plus free ground shipping. Send your answers to: Jack Burlin

See next month's newsletter for the winner and the correct answer.

Answer from August's Newsletter.

Q:  What character's catch phrase was, "Baseball been bery bery good to me!"  

 A:  Chico Escuela, the "scrappy" Dominican was played by Garrett Morris.

The winner was Shannon Jehoich.  Congratulations!

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