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Server Cabinets Buying Guide

Server racks or cabinets are designed and built to hold computers, servers, monitors, kvm switches, patch panels, network equipment, production bench test equipment and other electronic equipment. Server racks are used in a variety of industries such as computers/technology, finance/banking, manufacturing, medical and almost any corporate setting that could benefit from vertical storage of equipment. Server racks are an extremely important component of any network.

 

Our Server Cabinets or server racks are manufactured to high-quality specifications to host industry standard EIA-310(19inch) Hardware. Enclosures are manufactured to IQNET ISO9001:2000 Certifications. All cabinets are engineered for aesthetics, accessibility, security, manageability and above all THERMAL performance.

 

Typical Specifactions that you will find in every server racks we sell:

 

  1. Range of Glass, Perforated or Solid Door options
  2. Full Side Entry (Slack racks) for easy cable access (lockable)
  3. Front and Rear (4) Adjustable Panel Rails are Standard
  4. Enhanced Perforation Design
  5. Maximum Thermal Flow
  6. Numbered U markings are standard
  7. Castors and Levelling feet are standard standing server cabinets

 

All our standing and swing frame cabinets come with all 4 posts (uprights) included. Standing Cabinets includes 2 x fixed shelves, 4 x posts, side panels, 2 x fixed shelves, 4 x fans (2 x fans in 600mm deep), 4 x Castor wheels, 4 x stabalising feet. People also refer to server racks as network racks or network cabinets or cable racks / cable cabinets as our racks can be used to host network cabling in data centers and business server rooms.

 

The first place to start when finding the right server racks for your company is to determine what your needs are first, and then find the server rack or racks that will fulfill those needs. Consider the equipment that you need to install, consider how many pieces of equipment will be housed in the server rack(s), consider the manner that the equipment will be connected to each other and the network, consider the power requirements for those components, consider your security needs and concerns, consider the esthetics requirements, consider your budget and last but not least consider any additional needs or requirements that you might have in the future. Once you have a good understanding of your requirements, you can shop and compare server racks according to the following features:

Server Rack Size/Capacity- is one of the most important considerations, not only to make sure that the server rack has the right dimensions (height, width and depth), but also how the server racks will fit into the operating environment. This means checking the usable (inside) dimensions and the overall (outside) dimensions. You'll want to determine if freestanding or wall-mounted swing frame server racks will work best for your equipment and environment, although most server racks that house more than one server are generally freestanding. Check the weight capacity of the server rack to make sure it will work for your anticipated network equipment load.

Server Rack Configuration- planning your server rack purchase requires you to consider how the equipment needs to be connected, which in turn impacts how the server racks will need to be configured. Server racks come with varying levels of adaptability and accessories (i.e.shelves, vertical rails, fans, power strips etc.) so you'll want to make sure that the server rack is customizable for your needs.

Server Rack Security- server rack security comes in many forms and options. In their least secure form, server racks are just frames and offer no additional barriers to the equipment. In their most secure form, server racks are fully protected with four sided doors/panels and multiple locks. Many fully secure server racks are equipped with a tempered, front smoked-glass locking door, providing you with both security and easy viewing access. Server racks withlocked side panels that are easily removable, add security and an additional means of equipment access. The choice for what level of security you need depends on what potential threats to your network equipment you perceive and predict. You may find that completely secure server racks are a better value than some of the less secure alternatives.

Choosing the Height of you Server Cabinet

Typically, the height of server racks and data cabinets are measured in 'u' sizes. 'U' is a standard measurement for all rack mount equipment, one rack 'u' is 44.45mm high. Typically, a 24-port patch panel or switch will be 1u in size.

You should work out the equipment you want to use inside your server rack. if you want to put in equipment that isn't rack mountable, you should include the size of this and divide the height by 44.45mm to give you an approximate size in 'u', this equipment will need to be positioned on a shelf which will take an additional 1u of space.

Once you've sized the equipment you want in your server rack, we advise that you give yourself at least 10% additional room for expansion as migrating from one server cabinet to another in the future will cause you many headaches and cost a lot of money in man hours.

'u' only refers to the internal space of the server cabinet, you should also make sure the cabinet fits your office space requirements; for example a 42u server cabinet will give you 1867mm of internal space, however the cabinet will be much larger externally to make room for cable entry, fan trays and of course jacking feet or castors, this will usually take between 250-300mm of extra height, so for a 42u cabinet you should ensure you have a minimum working height of 2120mm where you are going to locate your rack.

 

Determining the Width of your Server Cabinet

Server racks are usually supplied in 600mm wide and 800mm wide configurations. Regardless of which configuration you choose, the server cabinet will contain standard 19" mounting angles for rack mount equipment.

The main difference between a 600mm wide and 800mm wide server rack is room for cable management. If you were using your server cabinet for patching as well, we would recommend you opt for an 800mm wide rack, as this will have a lot more space for cable management.

Again, please ensure that you have the necessary space requirements where you intend position the server rack.

 

Server Cabinet Depth

Depth of server cabinets and server racks has become more and more important, as server manufacturers are making their servers shorter in height (typically rack mount servers each take up only 1u or 2u of space), but are making them a lot deeper. Our ranges of server cabinets are supplied in 600mm, 800mm and 1000mm external depths. As a rule, the maximum internal working space is less than this, typically between 100-150mm less, meaning that if your server is 800mm deep, you will need a 1000mm deep server rack to house the equipment.

All cabinets supplied by Cabinet Warehouse have 19" mounting profiles (numbered) situated at the front and rear inside the cabinet.

 

Ventilation of Server Rack

As with all computer equipment, servers need to be well ventilated to ensure they function correctly. Failure to ensure this may cause them to malfunction or stop working all together. All server cabinets supplied by Cabinet Warehouse have 2-4 fans in the roof to extract heat from the equipment. We give options for the front door to be either Mesh or Glass with vented frame. As servers are typically designed on an airflow that will pull the air through the front and extract it through the rear of the server, we would recommend you choose the full mesh door option, however for aesthetics you may want to opt for a glass door with vented surround. If you are installing a number of servers in your cabinet, we would recommend you choose a monitoring kit to ensure the server cabinet does not overheat.

You should also ensure the room where the cabinet is positioned is cool and ventilated.