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Photo of a bluespotted stingrayMy server is huge: the Dell PowerEdge™ R610 Rack Server is about 19” wide, and 30” deep. Think stingray, and you'll know what it is like. The bottom-feeding stingray provides a good analogy. Out of sight is its best habitat.


As for the server, such a monster should live, well, on a server rack. But a rack is a huge investment, both in money and required area. Can you make room for it in your office space? After all, the 1U server is only 1.68” high, and the R610 model is remarkably quiet.


The inspiration came from the LackRack project. These creative folks converted IKEA® coffee tables into data centers.


I decided to fasten the server under the top of an IKEA Galant desk. Mine is the corner model, but any other Galant model will do, as long as the top area is sufficiently large.


No tools are necessary! All you need are three straps with buckles, the kind used to secure loads on the top of a car. I used three Keeper® 8. x 1. Lashing Straps from The Home Depot®. Of course, 8’ is too long. For a neater look, trim each strap to 5’ and melt the cut edge with a flame.

Ikea corner desk



R610 rack server

+  3 ×

A lashing strap

The desktop rests on a sturdy metal frame. The long edges of the frame are not quite flush with the top. There is enough room to run a lashing strap between the rail and the underside of the desktop. Attach the server to the rails with the straps as in the following illustration.

Run the three straps between the desktop and the frame


Run the three straps under the desktop across the long edge rails. Have someone to help you and hold the server under the frame. Tighten the straps and snugly fasten the buckles. You are done!


Photo of R610 secured under the desktop


The rack becomes a much less intrusive presence in your space than its tower form. After all, stingrays are flat for a good reason. And finally, this solution won’t zap your pocketbook.

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