When you are putting together the plans for your server room, you are going to have to take a lot of equipment into consideration. One of the most important items you need to think very carefully about before you go too far is the type of network rack you plan to install all of your servers into. Your servers are going to generate a lot of heat and if your racks are not big enough to provide adequate ventilation you could end up with major problems.
A Good Network Rack Has Built in Warning Sensors and an Alert System
Unless you plan to physically monitor your servers 24 hours a day, you may find that a network rack that features a built in monitoring system may be your best choice. In most cases, these racks feature a built in system that monitors both temperature and humidity. If either of them go beyond established parameters, you are sent an immediate email alert so that you can address the problem.
When you are putting together a new server rack for your company, you may find that you need to include a certain amount of built in storage in your design. While there are some server rooms that offer extra space for storage, you may find it convenient to add a rackmount shelf or two to your racks. These come in a variety of different styles, but they are all designed to provide you with the storage space you need.
A Rackmount Shelf Can Hold Many Things
Depending on the type of rackmount shelf you buy, you can use the space to hold satellite or cable boxes or accessories such as your PDUs or KVMs. We also carry a selection of other rackmount accessories such as drawers for you spare parts, media holders for manuals and guides as well as rackmount fans to provide the extra cooling you need.
While for the most part you are going to be putting together server racks that are going to remain in the same location over their entire lifetime, there is going to come a time when you may be asked to build a mobile server system. When this happens you are likely to find that using a 4 post rack that has wheels mounted on the base.
The 4 Post Rack Is More Structurally Rigid
One of the biggest reasons that most IT techs will choose a 4 post rack over a 2 post design is that these racks are far more structurally rigid. This means that you can load them down with all of the servers and support equipment your client is going to need and they will still roll around as necessary without collapsing or falling apart, ensuring that the equipment is not going to be damaged.
If your IT closet is like most, it literally can seem like you are working in a closet and this means that you have little to no room to move around in while you try to keep all of the servers up and running. While some server locations have room for a pull out monitor shelf, when space is this tight, you may find that using a rack mount monitor is a much better option.
We Have Two Different Sizes of Rack Mount Monitor
Just as you have both an 8U and a 9U rack width, we carry an 8U and 9U rack mount monitor that is designed to bolt directly to the front or rear of your server rack so that with the use of a KVM switch, you will be able to keep a very close eye on your entire system without having to worry about taking up what little space you have to work in with a slide out monitor shelf.
There are going to be times when you are hired to install a complete network for a client who does not have a room that they can dedicate to being an IT closet, yet at the same time they ask you to design the system so that it is not out in the open. This is the perfect time to use an enclosed server cabinet instead of an open rack.
A Fully Enclosed Server Cabinet Keeps Everything Neatly Out of Sight
When you use a server cabinet instead of a rack, you will find that all of their servers and support equipment will be securely mounted behind closed door. These cabinets not only have doors on the front, they also have full sides. The only open area is the back so that the servers can get sufficient cooling air. This will provide your customer with the out of sight server installation he is looking for and let you build the network he needs.
While many of your clients may have a secured server room for all of their networking equipment and servers, you are going to run across the occasional customer who does not have any type of room for their servers, let alone one that they can secure. When this happens you may find that using a wall mounted rack enclosure will let you solve both problems at the same time.
We Have a Number of Different Styles of Rack Enclosure
When you look in our online catalog, you will find that we carry a large selection of different type of wall mount rack enclosure for you to choose from. With these you will be able to mount your client’s servers anywhere that they have enough space on the wall, and as many of them have locking doors, your client’s servers will be completely secure, except to those who have a key.
When you are putting together the new server racks for your company’s network, you are going to find that you have a large amount of gear that has to be stored in the racks along with the servers. Some of it is designed to be bolted to the racks just like the servers, the rest you should consider using rack shelves to hold it all in place.
We Carry Several Different Rack Shelves
In as much as you are going to have a number of different items that will be bolted into the rack, you may find that you need rack shelves for your keyboard or perhaps your PDUs and power strips to sit on. Or perhaps you need space for rolls of extra wiring and accessories so that they are always at hand. We carry a large selection of shelves for you to choose from that can be used to fit your needs.
While most servers are located in a separate room for most businesses, there are occasions when you are going to be asked to install a server rack cabinet in a location where it will be in close proximity to those who must use it. When you have an installation such as this, you are going to have to take noise into consideration along with other considerations such as cooling.
Choose Your Server Rack Cabinet Carefully
As you are looking for a server rack cabinet for this type of installation, you need to keep in mind that while you can use an enclosed cabinet to help keep the noise to a minimum, it must allow for proper cooling. Most modern servers are relatively quiet, but you should look for cabinets that provide plenty of cooling air flow and if you are using additional cooling fans, look for those with extremely low noise ratings.
As you go shopping for new computer racks, there are several things that you need to keep in mind as you are looking at what is available. But of all the things you need to keep in mind is that these racks are intended to keep your servers safe. However, they can only do this if you buy racks that are going to be strong enough to support your servers.
Check the Load Ratings on any Computer Racks You Are Thinking About Buying
While the actual measurements of the computer racks you are looking at are very important as you need to know that your servers are going to fit in the racks, you need to know that you are not going to be putting too much weight in the racks. Most manufacturers will list the load limit as a part of their specs. If you come across any that do not list them, you should avoid buying them and find one that does.
At an IT technician, you are going to find that there are going to be installations where space is at a premium and the regular standing server rack is simply not going to work. This could be in a small office building or a department store, wherever it happens to be doesn’t really matter as any of these locations would be a perfect place for a wall rack mount.
Create Your Own Space with a Wall Rack Mount
While many of the places you will be working in are going to have plenty of room to work with, more of the businesses you will be dealing with have less and less room for you to install their servers. With a wall rack mount, you can actually mount their severs high up on a wall, well out of the way and give yourself the room you need to work with.