March 27th 2014
By Mike Flaminio
The xMac Pro Server securely mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.
To me one big short coming for the Mac Pro is lack of PCI expansion. Apple's answer to that is to add on via Thunderbolt. This new box from Sonnet is rack mountable which seems ideal for server rooms and studios. In a rack, you can avoid desktop and floor clutter with additional gear. You may be a bit tethered to the location of your rack, however, when using conventional Thunderbolt cables, but newer (and more expensive) optical cables can reach over 300 feet.
The product is expected to ship in early June for $1499.