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.
The 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.