US Patent No. 10,015,901

BLOCK CHASSIS SLED HAVING ONE-THIRD WIDTH COMPUTING AND STORAGE NODES FOR INCREASED PROCESSING AND STORAGE CONFIGURATION FLEXIBILITY WITHIN A MODULAR, SCALABLE AND/OR EXPANDABLE RACK-BASED INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM


Patent No. 10,015,901
Issue Date July 03, 2018
Title Block Chassis Sled Having One-third Width Computing And Storage Nodes For Increased Processing And Storage Configuration Flexibility Within A Modular, Scalable And/or Expandable Rack-based Information Handling System
Inventorship Edmond Bailey, Cedar Park, TX (US)
Jimmy Pike, Georgetown, TX (US)
Joseph Vivio, Santa Rosa, CA (US)
Assignee Dell Products, L.P., Round Rock, TX (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,015,901

1. A modular, expandable rack assembly for physically supporting components of one or more information handling systems (IHSes), the rack assembly comprising:a base structure comprising a plurality of interconnected panels forming a volumetric space having a front section and a rear section, with opposing side walls forming a front access space and a rear access space, respectively, having a width that supports insertion of a standard full-width IT gear;
a plurality of guides located within interior surfaces of the opposing side walls at the front section, the plurality of guides running from the front section to the rear section; and
a block chassis having a frame that provides a block height, which enables insertion of at least one layer of up to three side-by-side fully functional IT gears within the block chassis, wherein the block chassis is physically inserted into the front section of the base structure and held in place by at least two opposing guides of the opposing side walls;
one or more rows of three side-by-side fully functional IT gears inserted into corresponding one-third width IT bays within the block chassis, wherein the three side-by-side fully functional IT gears comprise three one-third width IT gears that are one third a size of a standard width IT gear;
a vertical busbar extending through a the rear section of the rack assembly; and
a horizontal busbar electrically connected to each one-third width IT bay of the block chassis and aligned to electrically connect to the vertical busbar when the block chassis is inserted into the rack assembly to enable the electrical connection of the horizontal busbar to the vertical busbar to provide electrical power to each of the one-third width IT gears.