How To Choose Your Server Rack

So you’re in the market for a new server rack. After all, server racks are integral to the organization and functionality of your data center. But As you may already know by now, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to server racks. After all, data centers vary from company to company, and yours will depend on your company size, what your company does and of course your specific technology needs.

That said, there are several different things to consider when looking to purchase a server rack (at the very least, considering these will help make the process easier):

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Size 

This is one of the main things to consider, naturally. Obviously, your main goal should be to get a server rack that has sufficient space to hold your current equipment (stuffing everything in there can put things at risk for overheating, which is one of the last things you want). It’s actually a good idea to go slightly bigger than you think you need, just in case you end up having to add in components down the line or upgrade to bigger equipment.

Additionally, you may also require extra items like remote power management devices, environmental monitoring devices, mounted LCD monitors, battery back-up, etc. And of course, you should also measure the space you’re going to put the server rack in before you purchase anything (height and width of the room). Even standard 2 post server racks can come in a variety of sizes, so shop around a bit before you find a size that’s suitable for your needs.

Security 

Your equipment is important and expensive, so security should always be a priority. Many server racks are able to be locked up, but this may not be necessary if the room can be properly secured. And of course, you’ll also want to invest in a server rack made from materials that cannot be easily broken into or destroyed. Some newer models of server racks even allow for access via key cards or have other security measures– all things worth looking into, especially if you have a lot of equipment and/or are using the server rack for a big company.

Cooling 

Your server rack should allow for plenty of air flow to prevent overheating of your equipment. Some server racks come as just open posts, which of course allows for great airflow, but this may not provide the security you need (see above). A 42u server rack cabinet, for example, can come fully enclosed or open, while other versions may have vented areas. The point is, always make sure your equipment stays both secure and appropriately cooled.

Adjustability 

Make sure the server rack is tailored to your technological needs, especially as they may change over time. This means that you’ll want shelves that can be adjusted and quite possibly panels that can be removed or added in. Since, again, server racks are not “one size fits all”, this is especially important.

Katrina is a product specialist, solving issues for your computer server and power needs at Racksolutions.