Why We’re Fans of Fans

Silence is golden…normally we agree. But if that silence comes at the price of potential data loss and downtime, then we have to disagree.

Big FanThe Plain Truth

The reality is simple: a server like the TeraSpool has eight or ten or twelve 7200 rpm hard drives; that generates a lot of heat. Put them in a compact enclosure with a high performance processor and a couple gigabit ethernet cards and a graphics card and a one or two high speed raid controllers and you’re well on your way to building a very expensive space heater. You’ve got to move a lot of air through the enclosure to keep everything running at optimum temperatures so your data doesn’t burn up. This means fans.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

We’ve worked to minimize the noise by using strategically placed high quality fans and intelligent enclosure layout, but it’s just not possible to build a high powered server that doesn’t make noise. If you’re considering a TeraSpool server for a home media system, or even an office environment where the fan noise might be distracting, you will probably want to locate the server in a different room. Once their server is running it does not need a monitor or keyboard, so it can be tucked away in any convenient spot (basement, closet, etc.) as long as there is power and ethernet available.

One Response to “Why We’re Fans of Fans”

  1. Stargazer Says:

    It makes perfect sense. I just lost a few hundreds of hours of work because my external firewire hard drive failed. And guess what? the darn box did not have a fan at all!! It was a pretty big drive (500 GB) and I had to start all over.
    OK. I like the concept. How much is it?