There are common problems with server racks today. If your
room does not have enough space for the data center, office, or if your space
has the smallest data closet – you would still want to get everything inside
this space. However, engineer should be efficient in determining ways how they
can fit everything into a tiny space. With this in mind, engineers should ask
the right question because there are various problems that comes with this and
they should be dealth efficiently. There are companies that offers
comprehensive line of server racks and wall mounts but you need to ask yourself
the right question.
Question #1: Can
server racks be installed vertically?
Of course they can be installed vertically. There are
several options to install your server racks vertically and there are company
that offers vertical 30” wall mounts available in the market today. There are
server rack series that have size ranges from 4u to 8u given the standard size
of 23” depth together with 30” depth. These server racks are just right for
your needed server closet. However, you can still move the server racks around
without having a full size rack taking up most of the foot print on the space
you have. The server racks can have the plexiglass top and you can still have
the capability to effectively manage and see the equipment inside the server
There are server racks that can be installed under a desk
and you can easily install or mount them on a wall for you to be able to place
your equipment vertically. What specifically makes the server rack very unique
is that it has a side that was connected to the rails while the other has a
universal square. Any equipment can be handled by this server rack.
Question #2: How to
deal with Server Rack that takes up too much space?
If you need a more narrow server rack to use more space
inside your data center, carefully consider using a slim server rack. This rack
has a very closed and narrow space build to be efficiently allow more space inside
the server racks. With the narrow build of this server, you will have to
understand the equipment you are placing inside these racks. Because these type
of server racks has a load capacity of maximum of 400 lbs.
Question #3: Can I
Place Server Racks in Different Places?
above mentioned narrow server rack is great to be used under a desk, but there
are times that you might need a more conventional rack that can be installed
under the desk. There are server racks that can be perfectly placed inside
these tables. It is also durable because it can support up to 3000 lb. They can
also be adjusted for 4-post racks that can efficiently work well for any given
equipment. They can have size of 22.5″ deep to 35.25″ deep. You can also add
small casters inside this tiny titan and the 19” wide mini server rack can be
practically placed inside everywhere.
There are manufacturing companies that offers premium
designed server racks with installed air conditioning unit inside it. With this
design, it will be able to withstand majority of the rugged and harsh indoor
conditions. These racks are primarily designed for the places that does not
have enough ventilation because of improper temperature. Or these racks are
built for places that has the tendency to accumulating dirt and is very prone
to dirt circulating around the place. The cabinet makes it very efficient for
the companies to properly and safely store the server rack cabinets to be able
to maintain the integrity of the equipment.
The manufacturers of these server rack today provides a well
maintained air-conditioned server racks that can effectively withstand the
inner rugged conditions that widely exists in some of the environments today.
They are primarily designed server cabinets that will be able to withstand some
of the harsh and very extreme environments. Inside of these, they have properly
installed ventilations for the areas where there are very harsh elements.
With this in mind, you will have peace because the companies
will be assured that their very sensitive equipment will be well protected and
will be housed well. They won’t likely become damaged throughout the process of
These air-condiitoned server racks are also available in
different sizes: 4,000 BTU, 8,500 BTU, 10,000 BTU and 20,000 BTU (5,860 watts).
They also have indoor temperatures that ranges between -40 and 131 degrees
Fahrenheit. It also exhibits the external temperature probe and display. You
can also select either side-mount or rack mount as your installation option.
Because of the functionality of these server racks, they
offer a great deal of flexibility and freedom for you to design your floor
layout effectively because these server rack cabinets can be manufactured in
different 112 sizes. Several cabinet color options are widely available and the
several sets of these adjustable mounting rails have are already positioned
inside the cabinet.
These amazing air conditioned server racks gives the
companies the advantages that it needs. It comes with a very good compact
footprint. The companies can get their equipment quickly installed inside the
cabinet and it helps them for it to become completely assembled and joined
There are server racks can come in variety of options. There
are also wallmount enclosures and cabinets widely available and this makes it
very hard for the engineer to effectively determine what is the best sever rack
for any given environment. In this article, we will discuss the five most
important factors to help you determine which is the best cabinet to be used
for your data center.
1. Determine the
Cabinet Height Needed for Server Racks
Carefully identify the height that will be importantly
needed for your data center. This is a very important aspect and a crucial
starting point. Gather the equipment you are planning to install in your office
and identify the number of U spaces needed and necessary for your server rack.
The important information you need to know is that the “U Space” is practically
equivalent to 1.75 inches. Make sure that you measure properly the size of your
server rack. If in case you only need an 8U space right now, it is also
important to consider adding more space for the future growth of your data
2. Determine the
Wallmount Cabinet Depth for Server Racks
Given the minimum height that was already determined, the
engieners can now concentrate on determining the internal depth of the
wallmount. More and more server rack wallmount sizes are being manufactured and
anyone can efficiently see a size variation of 11 inches that has 30 inches dep
size. While your server rack can be only have a roughly 18 inches in depth, it
is better to consider the minimum internal depth required for cabling which is
worth 3 inches. An optimum 21 inch depth should be the least required internal
3. Determine the
Wallmount Cabinet Weight for Server Racks
After determining and finding the right cabinet that can fit
the needs of your data center in terms of height and internal depth. Once the
cabinet can efficiently hold the equipment purely based on its weight capacity,
that would be ideal. There are server racks that can accommodate this need. In
addition to this, you can install your server rack vertically. You might also
need to install and determine the right server rack you needed if you are
planning to install your equipment vertically.
4. Determine the
Wallmount Cabinet Features for Server Racks
this in mind, there are unlimited variety of good features available in
wallmount server racks. The right style of the wallmount can be properly fixed
and it can also be swinging. In addition to this, this is also vertical, a NEMA
12, or any style anyone can relate to. If you need the ability to remove the
side panels of the server rack, just tell the manufacturer. Also if you need
your cabinets to have a lock and a key just tell them you would need these
Together with the ever increasing demand of companies for
the greatest computing power and space that is needed to run a data center,
server cabinet, and network cabinet – these are usually utilized to establish a
networking hardware and several assemblies in the data center. Among these
equipment, which one is the most suitable for a the need of the company? It is
very important to search for one ultimate answer.
The most commonly utilized server rack type is the on with
open frame together with the mounting rails. However, this comes with no sides
or even doors. It can be easily applied to conveniently accommodate some
equipment like servers, monitors, or storage. The server racks can come in
several shapes and sizes.
The size of the width of the server rack will always stay
the same. It comes with the standard or the traditional size of 19 inches. It
also has a height and depth that can also be different. Besides, this server
rack has two basic types: the 2-post and 4-post rack.
With this in mind, a network rack is very similar to the
server rack when it come to its shape and sizes. These are called relay rack or
the open rack. Its metal frame chassis can effectively hold, stack, secure, and
protect different interconnected computer networks. As well as the server
In line with this, there are many advantages when it comes
to server and network racks:
Improved Air Flow inside the rack – the server
rack is designed to be an open structure that has no doors. Which makes
provision for abundant and unobstructed airflow to help the equipment to cool
Very good for cable management – ever since the
server rack can give just enough open space and easy accessibility, it is more
convenient for the engineers to install and manage just a few hundreds or event
thousands worth of devices and cables inside the open rack.
However, there are some serious disadvantages given its good
advantages. Here are the cons for server and network rack:
Not secured access – any personnel can gain
access to the network or server rack. This is the very reason why the equipment
inside the rack lacks security.
High exposure to dust – the equipment is
installed on the rack and has the high tendency to be fully exposed to dust,
debris and other possible contaminants. With exposure to these elements, it has
the possibility to acquire damage over time.
I believe this has already happened to majority of us: you
have purchased a product that you really want for the longest time and you have
been patiently waiting for it to arrive for days – or even weeks. When the
product finally arrived it looks like a prop from the first few seconds of the
show Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Even if it is very entertaining to watch (both in movies and
in real life scenario) I am pretty confident that there can only be a handful
of people who will truly appreciate seeing a product that was treated so
poorly. Either by the delivery man or order fulfillment warehouse or anything
that is uncontrollable in nature. These people are the responsible ones for
holding out everything and stretching their smile very wickedly while they stretch
their hands to readily accept your cash for the replacement of the product they
The majority of the technical savvy people are way so far
behind trusting a $5 worth corrugated box to protect their product from
unexpected damages – especially IT equipment products. And instead of utilizing
a shock-absorbent rackmount shipping boxes when they are shipping out their
servers, they just use other sensitive pieces of gear from one company to the
There are companies that are proud to say that they are the
best distributor of a product used for shipment. They are at par with the
military and commercial grade quality of cases. These cases also have the
slide-out removable racks!
The rail system of these removable racks have their system
slides right out, together with their file cabinet-style system. This mechanism
allows you to have fuller and most complete access to your equipment inside the
case. It also makes the installation and wiring of the equipment easy. These
cases meet the best ATA specs for cases and they have very amazing Million Mile
warranty. They also ship free just by using standard methods.
Also, you can check out some of the companies’ all-purpose
transport cases as well. They are greatly utilized for some of the trade show
displays and they can also be used for musicians’ gear and equipment – gear,
laptops, and almost everything else.
There are several ways on how to greatly improve the cooling
inside the server rack just by utilizing blanking panels in able to effectively
manage the air flow very efficiently. In selecting a server rack that has
built-in channels to accommodate better cable management and have improved air
flow, the removal of the obsolete or unimportant equipment from the rack should
With this in mind, an engineer should consider that a
3-phase power can greatly increase the amperage available inside the server
rack. It can decrease the overall number of PDUs needed for the power
management and it can leave more space to improve airflow.
The rising energy costs are now being compelled by several
engineers to re-plan and re-think the IT structure together with their best
practices. They are also gearing towards decreasing the power consumption by
implementing the best standards for energy efficiency. The rightful planning should
include the hot or cold isles containment strategies and managing the current
and future hot spots. There should also be continued monitoring of the heat
dissipation process inside the data center that will help companies and
engineers to greatly increase the cooling capacity inside the server rack. The
sealing cable openings placed on the floor with grommets is the primary key to
The Power Distribution Units (PDUs) are now evenly
distributes power to other servers during a power strip. The Rack mount power
strips are now being specifically manufactured specially for the server racks
and wall mounted racks that are placed vertically or behind the mounting posts.
Placed inside a back portion of the cabinet. The power strips will now fall under
two different categories: intelligent and standard.
While having the standard power trips that consists of some
features that can give very important information – indicators and output
displays – they should be effectively managed in-person and on-site personnel.
On the contrary, the most intelligent power strips that
gives remote power control should allow the equipment administrators to
effectively perform a cold reboot of the rack servers. This should also include
the devices and other troubleshoot problems coming from any location provided
that there is an internet connection. It greatly decreases the downtime it
takes for the servers and having the vital business functions should be online
These remote power products does not only gives a very
efficient control of these systems but they also give permissions for the
equipment administrators to be able to properly leverage the leading advances
in the power distribution systems.
My boyfriend has a slight obsession with Jordan shoes. He
has at least 10 pairs sitting in his closet at any given moment. He knows
months in advance when the next release date is for his favorite kicks and will
stay close to a computer the day of so he is able to buy a pair before they
quickly sell out.
Polycase has been anticipating our own release date for the
flanged NEMA enclosures for several weeks now, and I’m happy to announce that
they have arrived. These boxes won’t help you with your jump shot but they will
help keep your electronics dry, as each enclosure includes an internal
waterproofing gasket. We are very excited to have the new flanged versions of
our WA, WC, and WP NEMA-rated series available.
If you have previously been purchasing our NEMA boxes
accompanied by a NEMA flange kit, we encourage you to try the new flanged NEMA
boxes. The molded-on surface mounting flanges are a convenient feature of this
box. The flanges allow you to mount the
box to a surface without having to remove the cover.
In addition to the flanged series, quite a few of our
customers had been asking for larger enclosures. We listened and took action by
adding 3 new sizes to the NEMA family, the 40, 42 and 44. Our largest
enclosures, the WA-44, WC-44 and WP-44, now reach 14 inches in length. And
remember, our WP, WC, and WA series NEMA enclosures are all designed to IP65 of
IEC 529 and NEMA 1, 2, 4, 4x, 12 and 13 specifications.
My boyfriend and I are always making sure that we celebrate
anniversaries in the best & most fashionable way, with that in mind, it is
our anniversary next week. For this year’s celebration, I tried putting
together all our memorabilia in a scrapbook for our moments last year. This is
the biggest dates that we celebrate yearly and for this year we went to a
steakhouse. It is one of those places that they regularly print their menu in a
With this in mind, I was able to keep our menu and I used
the last year’s menu for our yearly scrapbooking. I cut out the items that we
ordered from the menu. I have to glue for each of the description on a very
fancy scrapbook paper. This might sound a lot of work, but it is a nice keep
sake. However, getting each of the proper descriptions on a proper line up was
very frustrating. Especially if each one of of the descriptions came in a
This is like having the different cutouts machined
differently on the base to effectively cover on the plastic electronics
enclosure. Several companies have already tried to machine the enclosure in
house. Together with the CNC machining process, there will be precised cutouts
one each of the component (example: the base and cover) and in theory, they
should be able to properly line up. However, if just one piece of a certain
product is just even a couple of millimeters off, a design engineer will not be
able to line up the holes especially if the enclosure is already assembled.
Your electronics equipment will not properly fit inside the
enclosure, and also, the entire piece will be totally discarded. Without having
the proper electronics equipment, the attempt to properly machine these
enclosures and combine them with one complete unit can cause an unexpected
slippage and compression. Which in return, would also cause several holes to
not line up effectively. Now, this should take into account that there are
companies that offers CNC machining not just a drill press. Drill Press will
always have the tendency to produce very uneven holes.
However, there are companies that utilizes advanced
machining techniques in order to produce the right product specific guides that
allows them to properly machine an enclosure as one entire unit. Ensuring that
the placement of the equipment inside the enclosure are of the same size and
measurement. Also, this is not the only most precise method of machining that
is widely available. This is also the most efficient and cost effective method.
This is the very reason why companies are able to pass along the cost savings
to its customers because of the low cost.
Just recently, my boyfriend and I just spent a very long
weekend to attend a out-of-town wedding. The family of my friend and our
friends came over from all over the country just to attend her wedding. There
were even English guests all the way from United Kingdom. This is the true
testament that the wonderful couple are now finally getting married. People
have spent time, money, and the effort just to be there for the celebration.
Before the wedding which was scheduled on a Sunday, there
was a mandatory practice the Friday before for the wedding rehearsal. The
amazing ceremony will be held at a riverbank park with the reasonable outdoor
space reception just for the family. Sunday is a casual celebration and when
Monday comes, this is going to be the celebration for the people who was not
able to come to the wedding last Sunday. There were handmade decorations and
pretty favors, the family style dining was good. There was good bear and the
eclectic mix of music. Some guests might question the rustic appearance but our
entire weekend was perfectly amazing especially for the happy couple.
With this in mind, knowing the characteristics are very
helpful. Not only when working with other personalities from other people, but
also this is very vital when dealing with certain chemical properties. Such as
ink used for printing on enclosures. This is the type of ink used to print on
pad for electronic enclosures. The characteristics does not only exhibit what
the product is, but also what the material can be resisted.
There are numerous characteristics that are necessary to
have the permanent ink to be just like that: permanent. For example, if the
customer wants the ink to be totally unaffected even if the enclosure is
stacked on top of each other. Now, the stacked enclosures will not be damaged
even if it is shipped because the right ink is used for the printing of the
Or you can just imagine that there was a customer that wants
to place something on top of the enclosure, if the ink was used was not the
right one, there is a possibility that the graphics will be damaged. The
abrasion resistance only means that the ink will not we wear in a way that it
is completely gone by means of friction.
Over the course of several years with this type of
experience, there are blog posts that are going to be explored using the
different types of ink resistance that will be offered. Just feel free to
comment about the characteristics or types of resistance you are looking for
with your ink.
If winter has come to Cleveland, there is one indicator that
it has officially come to this place. There will be a 20 degree blizzard that I
have to drive through the morning. Of course, with my 2 years old Labrador, I
do not get the option of just hibernating for the winter time.
My dog does not understand the blizzard cold – I mean it is
too cold! He cannot get it because has a very beautiful fur coat! That is why I
spent money on a pair of thermal pants and very pretty cargo sweatpants. I did
not realize how handy they became until I got home from our very early morning
walk, both myself and my dog was totally soaked. However, my cell phone which
was in my pants all the time was totally dry. Waterproof pants are totally
I have several customers who always ask me how to make our
product lines of enclosure waterproof. While we have several electronics
enclosure that are already designed to be waterproof, most of these enclosures
are not. The waterproof enclosures have an amazing gasket that was in the track
that can seal out the moisture.
Once the cover is now screwed on the base of the enclosure,
the gasket will start to flatten out that will seal the electronics inside. This
is because the track is now molded unto the enclosure, it can be designed to
have the exact dimensions that will give the appropriate space needed.
are times that I am not lucky enough and there will still be customers that
will call us back to say that they were able to waterproof the standard
enclosures. In our next post, we will going to take a look at some of the
customer options that they have shared with me.