What is the opinion of Reddit about the
ICY DOCK 4 x 2.5 SAS/SATA HDD/SSD Mobile Rack Enclosure for 5.25″ Bay (with Keylock) | ToughArmor MB994SK-1B?

A total of 2 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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10th Oct 2020

https://www.amazon.com/ICY-DOCK-Rugged-Metal-Backplane/dp/B00IL5VCRQ

That’s not the exact one I got but it’s very similar — mine doesn’t have the locks. I think mine was 85-90USD? Expensive but nice…

I won’t lie, it’s got a nice “click” noise as you open or close the drives to swap them around.

1 point

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10th Oct 2020

Cube Box (main workstation):
Motherboard: ASrock x399 Taichi
CPU: AMD Threadripper 1920x
CPU Fan: Corsair H115 AIO
RAM: Corsair Vengeance – 8x 16GB (128GB Total)
Boot Drive: Samsung Evo 970 500GB M.2
Network s: 1x Intel x520 dual 10GbE NIC (Main access, SAN/NFS)
Video: Nvidia 1070TI (waiting to upgrade to a 3000 series)
Other disks: ICY Dock 4×2.5″ drive bay with various SSD’s usually from upgrades I’ve done in other systems — it has my 1TB windows boot drive as a backup drive for firmware really (was a gaming box but I built a new one not seen in these)

ICY dock is kind of like this but without locks: https://www.amazon.com/ICY-DOCK-Rugged-Metal-Backplane/dp/B00IL5VCRQ

ESXI02:
Motherboard: Supermicro H11SSL-i
CPU: AMD EPYC “Rome” 7302P (16 core, 32 thread, 128MB Cache)
CPU Fan: Noctura NH-U9 TR4-SP3 (92mm dual fan)
RAM: SuperMicro branded RAM — 256GB @ 2666Mhz (4x 64GB sticks)
Boot Drive: Samsung Evo 970 1TB M.2
Network s: 1x Intel i350 quad gigabit NIC (backup access links, WAN connection), 1x Intel x520 dual 10GbE NIC (Main access, SAN/NFS)

ESXI01:
Motherboard: ASRock ROMED8-2T
CPU: AMD EPYC “Rome” 7302P (16 core, 32 thread, 128MB Cache)
CPU Fan: Noctura NH-U9 TR4-SP3 (92mm dual fan)
RAM: NEMIX Brand RAM – 512GB RAM @ 3200Mhz (8x64GB sticks)
Boot Drive: Samsung Evo 970 1TB M.2
Network s: 1x Intel i350 quad gigabit NIC (backup access links, WAN connection), 1x Intel x520 dual 10GbE NIC (Main access, SAN/NFS)

The ASrock motherboard has built-in dual 10GbE links but I keep them configured just like the SuperMicro — using one port for backup management access and then use the extra cards so they’re laid out the same.

Storage ( FreeNAS):
Motherboard: ASRock X470D4U
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3700X (8 core, 16 threads)
CPU Fan: AMD stock cooler — looks pretty cool through some of the side and back holes when I’m working as the RGB changes.
RAM: Samsung brand ram from their QVL — 64GB RAM in 2 sticks (at 2666Mhz)
Boot Drive: USB thumb drive (hold over from when I first built my NAS looong ago)
ADD ON s: LSI SAS 9201-16I (6gbit, 16 port HBA) in target mode, Intel Optane 900P 480GB (for cache and log for FreeNAS)
Network s: 1x Intel x520 dual 10GbE NIC (Main access, SAN/NFS)
Drives: 8x 4TB WD Red (CMR!) drives. At some point these will need an upgrade…

Switch Spec’s:
Primary switch: Cisco SG300-28 — all gigabit with some fiber uplink ports that I’m going to move to, Layer 2/3 switch. It’s not a “full” cisco but it’s enough and it’s QUIET. I have a cisco 3750 that I keep in case I need to do work with a full cisco IOS.

Storage/Fun switch: Arista 7124-SX. 10GbE with a Fan mod so it’s now VERY quiet. It’s what I operate on mostly as all the servers and my workstation are on 10GbE.

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Battery UPS’s and PDU’s:
2x Refurbished APC RME2200VA UPS’s each with a dedicated 20A circuit. I don’t trust myself with electronics so I had an electrician run two new circuits — I told him I knew I wouldn’t use all the power by a long shot but this way I didn’t accidentally pull too much power and burn the place down. It’s way overkill, but good to manage soon as I get the management cards online.

Each UPS has a dedicated PDU near the top of the rack which MOST things plug into those. PDU01->UPS01, etc.

I have my Storage and ESXI01 on UPS1 and ESXI02 on UPS2 so in theory I can take a big hit and keep going to some extent (hoping for at least networking and DNS while I get things back up). I’m going to work on connecting some Vintage Servers which will all (or mostly) go on the second UPS.

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In the near future…
I will have a small Fiber Channel SAN infrastructure so I can hopefully create a VM to export drives over FC to some old vintage/unix boxes so I don’t have to run SCSI drives.