Get healthy. Get organized. Live life to the fullest. Those are the three most popular New Year's resolutions, according to data pulled from Google by iQuanti. The digital marketing company found 'get organized' was searched a whopping 33,230,420 times from January 2016 to October. How much do you want to bet your home isn't the only place that needs some order? Your office may also be begging for a little sprucing.
On-site servers are literally your organization's lifeline, however, assembling and maintaining them can be a nightmare. Ta-da! Racks were designed to meet the current and future requirements of demanding datacenters.
Server vs. network racks
Besides neatly holding equipment, no two racks are exactly the same. Each model has unique features that serve a specific purpose. In fact, there is a difference between server and network racks.
Rack Solutions best defined how server and network racks differ. Network racks generally store routers, patch panels, switches, and other equipment and accessories. You can easily spot a network rack because it is generally shallower, has a glass/plastic door, and isn't necessarily perforated. Network racks can be mounted on the wall or freestanding.
We should pause for a moment and confess... that some racks are multifunctional. You heard that right! Some racks can house server and network equipment.
Benefits of racks
- Keep equipment tidy
- Reduce cable bends, preventing data loss
- Keep equipment from overheating and getting damaged
- Ability to electronically monitor status of equipment and environment factors
- Keep racks locked as a security precaution
What to consider
- How much equipment the rack needs to house
- Amount of floor (or wall) real estate available for the rack
- Cooling / airflow method
- Power capabilities
- Possible expansion of your company's IT department
calculating a rack unit
According to Cable Organizer, a rack unit (RU) is the height of a server, network switch, or similar device in a 19-inch or 23-inch rack.
1 Rack Unit (RU) = 1.7 inches / 4.4 centimeters