Published on January 30th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


The Lack rack hack

This LackRack hack is from the eth0 community in the Netherlands. They have an interesting hack to house a modular datacentre, sneakily under a Lack side table. Now, if only there’s a solution for all those wires!

“The LackRack is the ultimate, low-cost, high shinyness solution for your modular datacenter-in-the-living-room. Featuring the Lack (side table) from Ikea, the LackRack is an easy-to-implement, exact-fitdatacenter building block. It’s a little known fact that we have seen Google engineers tinker with Lack tables since way back in 2009.

This one is different. During our last LAN ‘party’ (eth0:2010 Winter) we’ve used the Lack table as a 19″ rack you commonly find in data centers. We call it the LackRack and you can find more info on it on our
wiki page and at http://lackrack.org.

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12 Responses to The Lack rack hack

  1. kutsi says:

    Kim, you need to check with your state regarding specific rules for filing. If you are registered as a business and you sell goods you will also need a sales tax form filed for your state. That makes you legitimate, and also requires you to pay taxes…so make sure you are collecting them too!

  2. Medyum says:

    It really look hidden and really cool , a lot of stuffs must be masked so wont occupy so many space.

  3. It really look hidden and really cool , a lot of stuffs must be masked so wont occupy so many space.

  4. hook says:

    thank you for your post

  5. Sandra says:

    The table is already on the package, that is cool because I knew that for such a data center or server to be built, the one that will be use are network rack. This seems to be nice especially at home.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Some network (e.g. switches and routers) equipment is usually a lot lighter than servers. Usually the network products targeting the Workgroup market are reasonably light in mass.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think I would trust a 7 dollar table to hold thousands worth of server equipment.

  8. Anonymous says:

    haha. this looks ghetto

  9. Mud says:

    I presume this wouldn’t be able to hold much weight? Server equipment is usually pretty heavy

  10. NATALIA says:

    Pero bueno!!! como molaaaaa….

  11. brandiweed says:

    Do LACK tables have hollow legs? It might be possble to thread the cables down them…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Also a lot of music studio equipment use 19″ racks so it would work just as well for your home studio I guess.

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