The choice of a server cabinet or server racks should be taken as carefully as possible, because this is what your staff will constantly face when servicing equipment, and the more convenient the rack cabinet is, the faster and easier it will be possible to carry out any work with equipment. First of all, we divide the cabinets into 2 types: wall-mounted server cabinets and floor-standing cabinets.
Wall-mounted cabinets U19 If you are equipping a server room that will contain all your equipment, then most likely the floor-standing option is most suitable for you – due to its larger capacity, but if you have to place equipment somewhere in the office (for example, a network equipment), then for these purposes it is worth paying attention to the smaller in capacity and size – wall-mounted rack cabinets. Wall-mounted rack-mount cabinets usually range in size from 6 to 18U (One unit (1U) equals 44.45 mm.), While floor-standing racks usually start at 18U and go up to 47U. To accommodate your equipment, you need rack cabinets with a standard 19 “width, while the depth can be up to 1200mm. Also, rack cabinets are open and closed.
Open server racks, accordingly, are better cooled, while closed ones provide a higher degree of protection against physical attacks on equipment. What type of cabinet to choose depends on the wishes of the customer. The reliability of the equipment installation depends on the quality of the rack. There are racks of poor quality, which tend to sway from the slightest touch, which, of course, is unacceptable. Do not be fooled by the low price of racks and cabinets, remember: “The miser pays twice!” Also, quite often server racks are equipped with additional accessories: cable organizers, shelves and fan modules to organize additional air flows. Very often, patch panels are also placed in a rack cabinet (usually separate), which facilitate switching between network and / or telephone office sockets with network equipment. A patch panel is a horizontal system of connectors for organizing a switching point between workstation ports and network equipment ports. The cable from the outlet of the workplace goes to the front side of the patch panel and connects to one of the connectors, on the back side there is a crossover field. Patch panels also come in various sizes, from 12 to 48 ports each.
Placing cables in a cable channel, both in the server room itself and throughout the office, is not just “beauty guidance”, but also their protection from intentional or accidental damage. Of course, most of the cables in the server room will be located outside of you and the use of cable channels is not possible, but accessories such as cable organizers, cable ties and cable marking equipment are used for high-quality laying and ordering of cables.
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High-quality cable laying will allow you to subsequently find the right cable in the shortest possible time, “weave” it out of the main pigtail and make it reconnect or replace. Of course, the guarantee of high-quality cable laying is not only the availability of the necessary equipment, but also the great experience of the installers. Turning to specialists for this service, you can be sure of the quality of the task.
Unfortunately, there is no single answer to this question. Everyone has their own requests, there are a lot of ways to implement tasks. It is necessary to approach the search for the ideal solution individually, deeply delving into the initial data and possibilities. We have briefly described to you the main points that you need to pay attention to when designing a server room. Undoubtedly, in each specific case, it is necessary to carefully weigh the pros and cons, avoiding meaningless compromises, but we hope that after carefully reading the article, you will be able to correctly set the task of organizing the premises and placing the equipment.
Pixel specialists are always ready to help you and advise on any questions you may have. Also, our company provides services for organizing a “turnkey” server room, after which you just have to install your equipment and get to work. Although, if you do not yet have the necessary set of server and network equipment, our engineers will be happy to select equipment for your tasks and carry out commissioning. Ultimately, you will be able to get a well-organized IT infrastructure, with which you will not have any problems with maintenance and service in the future.