Wednesday , December 12 2018

Rack Server Cases: Protect & Organise Your Network Equipment

Rack server cases are frame structures designed to house equipment-serves, UPS systems, routers, switches, etc. They are a great way to keep your network equipment organised safe and easy to manage.

In order to ensure a good network performance, you need to first make sure your equipment receives proper airflow. When good airflow is interrupted, the risk of your equipment overheating is increased. To avoid this issue, you need to invest in rack server cases. Available in different sizes and design options, most of them today are made of quality and durable materials and feature different locking systems to help you keep unwanted people at bay.

Picking the best rack server cases for your equipment is one of the most important steps in creating a functional network system. So, before you head to the stores (either online or local ones) to buy your rack server cases, grab a coffee, arm yourself with knowledge and only then choose the best options for your system.

Selecting the Right Size

In order to select the correct rack server cases, there are two factors that you will need to keep in mind – the amount of equipment that requires enclosure space and the type of equipment needed for rack mount capabilities. The key to having the best shopping experience is planning, so decide the total amount of rack units you currently need and also keep in mind further expansion.

The Importance of Dimensions

Use the internal dimensions of the rack server cases as your guide to finding out the size and amount of equipment you can install on them. Do not forget to take into consideration also the accessories that are often mounted internally to the rear of the side of the cabinets. Make sure you have enough room for bulky power cords, ventilation systems and cabling management requirements.

Make Sure the Rack Server Cases Will Fit In the Intended Room

Some server racks can weight in over 130kg and can stand very tall at over 2 metres. So, as you can see server racks are large items that take considerable effort when moving, lifting up stairs, rounding corners, and fitting in any tight spaces. Hence, make sure you have enough room to fit your server racks before you buy them.

Calculating the Number of Rack Units Necessary

Data centre managers usually calculate rack enclosure height necessary by determining the optimal rack unit usage. Let’s say if you have future plans in mind that call for the addition of 20 2U sized servers then you will need a 44U rack enclosure. This will provide you with enough internal height for around 20 servers, room for a 2U UPS backup battery and a 1U patch panel. This type of rack enclosure will also offer sufficient room for rear or side vertically mounted power management devices to perform their functions.


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