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4 Tips When Choosing a Wall Mount Rack Cabinet

SRW6U-FRONT-LNow that we’ve entered the cloud hosting and storage revolution, more medium- to large-sized businesses are migrating their IT infrastructure and data to the cloud, therefore eliminating the need for large-scale network and storage equipment. The cloud phenomenon helps explain the downsizing of on-site data centers and the increase in the need for smaller network equipment, such as Wall Mount Rack Cabinets that are designed to save floor space in smaller server rooms and closets.

With a vast array of Wall Mount Rack Enclosures on the market, how do you know which one best suits your needs? Here are 4 quick tips to help you select the perfect rack for your specific application.

1. Choose the Height of Your Rack
To determine the height of the Wall Mount Rack Cabinet you need, you need to add up the total height of your equipment. 1U (or Rack Unit) is equal to 1.75 inches, so a 10U cabinet will accommodate equipment with a total height of 17.5 inches. A 2U server would occupy two of the available 10 rack units. Be sure to make an accurate assessment of the amount of rack space you currently need, and allow for future growth.

2. Determine the Depth of Your Rack
Wall Mount Rack Cabinets feature adjustable mounting depths with minimums of either 3 or 17 inches and maximums of 16.5, 20.5 or 32.5 inches. To determine the maximum depth you need, measure the depth of your equipment and add 3 inches to allow space for cabling. A cabinet with a maximum depth of 20.5 inches will accommodate equipment with a maximum depth of 17.5 inches.

3. Total the Weight of Your Equipment
Wall Mount Racks have a weight limit. Make sure that the capacity of the rack is greater than the total weight of the equipment being mounted. Also check to make sure there are proper studs on the wall that can support the weight of the rack and housed equipment.

4. Consider if any Special Features are Required
Most Wall Mount Rack Cabinets come with a variety of options and special features, such as perforated metal or plexiglass front doors depending on your airflow requirements, locking front doors for increased security, heavy duty rolling casters for easier installation, and hinged wall brackets that swing away from the wall for convenient access to equipment and cabling.

See Tripp Lite’s wide selection of Wall Mount Rack Cabinets with competitive prices.

Why Are White Rack Cabinets Suddenly Popular?

When data center and IT managers look for energy savings, lighting is not usually on the top of their list. Lighting accounts for only 3-5% of total electrical load in a data center, so it doesn’t get the same attention as server power consumption or cooling costs. Nevertheless, IT managers are seeing measurable improvements in lighting efficiency from mature, inexpensive technologies such as motion sensors, dimmable lighting and LEDs.

A number of manufacturers (including Tripp Lite) recently introduced wall mount cabinets and floor-standing rack enclosures in white. You might be wondering… data center lighting, cabinet color: what’s the connection? Data center designers are specifying white rack cabinets for two main reasons:

SR42UW-FRONT-LVisibility.  Most data center equipment is black… black servers, black switches, black PDUs, and black cabinets. While this gives rows and racks a nice, uniform appearance, it can make it more difficult for technicians to work when the server room is using subdued lighting to save energy. White cabinets reflect more light, making equipment inside a cabinet easier to see.

Temperature.  If you studied physics in high school you’ll remember that when light is absorbed by a material, the energy is usually converted to heat. Dark colors are better absorbers of light and therefore better radiators of heat. Conversely, white cabinets reflect light which means less energy is required to light the equipment inside. And, because they reflect light better than black cabinets, they return less of the energy in light in the form of heat.

The final reason for choosing a white cabinet has nothing to do with efficiency and everything to do with aesthetics. White cabinets blend better with their surroundings. A white wall mounted cabinet installed high up in a corner of a classroom to house networking equipment will be much less intrusive than a similar-sized black cabinet.