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.

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Buying a Rack Cabinet? Make sure it offers these key features and benefits…

On Tuesday I talked about the first two rack benefits; security and regulatory compliance, and configurability. The importance of a thoughtfully designed Rack Cabinet that provides critical benefits cannot be overstated. Let’s pick up where we left off on Tuesday and discuss the three remaining key features and benefits you should look for when purchasing a Rack Enclosure.

3. Cooling and Efficiency

SRTHERMODUCT-OTHER03-LMost racks are rated up to 3,000 pounds. That’s literally more than a ton of equipment! And when you pack a rack with lots of equipment, you pack it with lots of heat. Rack Enclosures should be designed to handle the heat load of high-density installations. Perforated doors permit massive front-to-rear airflow that exceeds server manufacturer requirements and supports hot-aisle/cold-aisle configurations for more efficient cooling. According to studies by TDI Data Centers, hot-aisle/cold-aisle can reduce energy use up to 20%. That usually requires at least two rows of cabinets, but you can get the same benefit in a smaller space by adding thermal ducts, which should be an available accessory. Optional thermal duct kits route hot air directly to the HVAC/CRAC return air stream. The negative pressure of the return air duct pulls heat from the enclosure without using additional electricity.

4. System Availability

SR341-FRONT-LIf you can’t keep your equipment cool, it’s going to shut down so cooling is one of the keys to system availability. But don’t overlook rack cable management accessories. If you have tangled masses of cables clogging up your enclosures, it will kill your airflow. Cable management also reduces human error, which is one of the main causes of downtime. Rack enclosures should also support toolless mounting of a variety of horizontal and vertical, internal and external cable managers, including high-density cable managers that permit you to effectively organize large quantities of network patch cables.

5. Saving Space

SRW6U-FRONT-LHere’s where a Wall Mount Rack Cabinet comes in handy. Wall Mount Racks should feature the same design principles as floor-standing enclosures, but with an emphasis on quick, easy installation and maintenance. They’re perfect for small server rooms, wiring closets and other rooms where you don’t have much floor space but you still need to keep equipment secure and organized. Wall Mount Rack Enclosures are typically available in sizes from 5U to 26U.

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Top 5 Benefits Every Rack Cabinet Should Provide…

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From their modest origins in railroad signaling, rack enclosures have evolved to house critical equipment in cutting-edge data centers worldwide. They follow a common standard, but if you think they’re all the same you may be missing out on the benefits that thoughtfully designed enclosures provide to modern IT installations. The humble rack enclosure holds the key to security and regulatory compliance, configurability, cooling and efficiency, system availability, and saving precious space. Today, I’ll discuss the first two benefits that make the rack enclosure the essential data center building block you can’t afford to overlook.

1. Security and Regulatory Compliance

Just a few decades ago, security was at your discretion. If you didn’t want someone messing with your servers, you locked them up. But now there’s an alphabet soup of government and industry regulations that absolutely require physical equipment security, from HIPAA to PCI-DSS to SOX. Whether you’re handling patient records, credit card information, or company financial data, you risk severe penalties if you don’t secure your equipment. Well designed Rack Enclosures should be made to easily secure the access points, including locking doors and side panels. Other security options include combination locks, multiple access levels, and remote intrusion detection.

2. Configurability

When you’re doing something over and over, you appreciate whether a product pays attention to the details that make repetitive tasks less painful. With that said, Rack Cabinets should be designed with the IT guy in mind. Smart features like toolless mounting for PDUs and cable managers, easy-view rail depth indexing, and modular side panels should be included  and will make every task a little quicker and easier. That really adds up when you’re configuring a roomful of racks, and each one is packed with equipment.

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