Hardware upgrade and card maker Sonnet on Wednesday unveiled a long-promised Thunderbolt 2-compatible rack-mountable docking station
for the new, Mac Pro that adds ports and slots galore while encasing the cylindrical workstation so that it can be mounted in a rack using a 4U enclosure for use in datacenters. Now scheduled to ship in June, the XMac Pro Server enclosure offers a total of four USB 3.0 ports (one of them in the front), two Gigabit Ethernet ports, an HDMI port, BNC connectors and three PCIe single-width expansion slots alongside Thunderbolt 2 compatibility.
"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," the company wrote in a release on the new enclosure. "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."
The PCIe expansion area can accommodate one double-width and one single-width card if preferred, and includes a mounting kit to add additional storage or optical drives. The unit by necessity mounts the Mac Pro horizontally, but Apple has already addressed the question of horizontal cooling
, giving it the all-clear. The XMac Pro Server includes its own 100W power supply as well as a supplemental 75W PCIe power connector for supplemental power to certain PCIe cards. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the company is offering a sign-up form on its website for interested buyers.