Which Data Rack Is Best For Your Business?

Data Equipment Rack

When you’re designing a data center, server room, or network closet, deciding which racks to use and how to configure them should be at the top of your list. Racks organize IT equipment, such as servers and network switches. Depending on the options you choose, they can also improve power protection, cooling, cable management, device management, physical security, mobility, ease of installation, and protection from harsh environmental conditions. Choosing the right racks and configuring them to match your needs will ensure that your IT equipment operates reliably and efficiently, saving your business from costly downtime.

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At the most basic level, a rack consists of two or four vertical mounting rails and the supporting framework required to keep the rails in place. The rails and framework are typically made of steel or aluminum to support hundreds or even thousands of pounds of equipment. Some equipment includes horizontal rails or shelves that you mount in the rack to provide extra support.

Your equipment is only as reliable as your power. You cannot be certain that the power you receive from the local utility will be suitable for your equipment, or that it will always be available. And even when you are receiving good-quality power from the utility, equipment inside your facility (such as electric motors) can introduce power problems. A rack-mountable network/server UPS system conditions input power 24x7 to ensure that your equipment always receives reliable power and protection from damaging and disruptive power problems. It also supports your equipment during power failures, providing enough battery backup runtime to outlast shorter outages. During longer outages, the UPS system will provide enough runtime to save files and gracefully shut down or to ensure that equipment is powered until standby generators are ready to support the load. Battery backup runtime can be expanded to match any practical requirement. The UPS system may include enough outlets for the equipment it will support. For applications that require additional outlets, the UPS can connect to a PDU. For applications that require in-band and out-of-band access, IP console servers allow you to manage hundreds of serial and network devices through a single IP address.

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  1. Do I really need one of these racks?
    They are recommended
  2. How much do the data racks cost?
    That varies on size and brand.
  3. What are the benefits of having a rack?
    Other than the organization, it protects your equipment from dust while providing adequate airflow.

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