A Brief Personal Aside
I seem to have some pretty bad motivational issues. I really haven't done much personally in the past few months. Now that I've started collecting what I need to complete my rack, I'm going to try and do better. It's good to accomplish something with my time. It helps that I've gotten a new job that doesn't come with a looming end date, so I'm much more comfortable buying equipment. It's one less excuse to not do anything.
I've purchased two switches from Ubiquity. One is an aggregation switch that I'll use to connect the three servers togther using coax and SFP+ modules. The other is a 16-port Ethernet switch. Today I racked both switches, though I still need to install the SFP+ adapters into the servers and get everything cabled up. I think I'll do that next weekend; I've got some other things to do this weekend. I've noticed that our area is prone to power outages that last a couple of seconds. I think I need to also get an UPS.
Here's some pics of the boxes. Good, sturdy boxes. Tasteful logos and design. The foam spacers did a good job of protecting the switches in transits. No complaints.
Each box had a little box of bunny ears and the nuts that hold them to the rack. Packaging is nice, and the nuts seem sturdy.
Here's the aggregation switch.
And here's the Ethernet switch.