Why Rack Cooling Efficiency Matters

Did you know that cooling makes up around 40% of total data center operating costs? In most cases, rack cooling best practices can increase the efficiency of the overall IT infrastructure without breaking the bank.

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How to Plan for a Server Room Rack Installation

Room Attributes
As with any IT project, a little planning at the outset can prevent big headaches down the road. When choosing a room, make sure you have enough space for all the racks you’ll need now and in the foreseeable future. And don’t forget that you need to move the racks from the point of delivery to the final location. [Read more…]

As Computing Demand Heats Up, So Do Data Centers

14-02-216-2Many data centers start out as a few racks in a computer room or network closet. As computing needs grow – driven by factors ranging from business expansion to VoIP to virtualization – more equipment and higher wattages are packed into each rack, often without following a master plan. More equipment means more power consumption and more heat. At the same time, disorderly growth leads to haphazard rack layouts and unmanaged airflow. The result is a cobbled-together environment characterized by cooling inefficiencies.

 

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How to Plan for a Rack Installation

As with any IT project, a little planning at the outset can prevent big headaches down the road. When you’re designing a data center, server room or network closet, deciding which racks to deploy and how to configure them should be at the top of your list. Once you’ve chosen the type and quantity of racks needed as well as the IT equipment such as servers and routers within each rack, you’ll need to come up with a plan to install the racks and equipment. Here are some things to consider while planning your installation. [Read more…]

Does Your Rack Equipment Need Seismic Protection?

SR42UBZ4-FRONT-LIf your rack equipment such as servers, switches and hubs is located in an earthquake zone or is regularly subject to vibration (e.g. an industrial environment), it has greater vulnerability to physical damage and data corruption. Rapid movement or vibration can damage sensitive electronics and affect the data they contain. Racks are designed to keep equipment safe while stationary, but what if the ground isn’t stationary? [Read more…]