The Most Common Server Rack Issues Today

The Most Common Server Rack Issues Today

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 racks.

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? The 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.

Air-Conditioned Server Rack is the Best Way to Give Convenience, Safety, and Right Protection

Air-Conditioned Server Rack is the Best Way to Give Convenience, Safety, and Right Protection

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 it all.

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 together.

Four Efficient Ways on How to Properly Select the Right Wall Mount Server Rack Cabinet

Four Efficient Ways on How to Properly Select the Right Wall Mount Server Rack Cabinet

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 center.

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 depth.

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 With 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 features

The Best Practices to Improve Rack Airflow Tips for the Server Rack Enclosures

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 be done.

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 do this.

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 very fast.

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.

Flanged NEMA Rated Plastic Electronics Enclosures

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.

What Should be the Characters of the Ink that will be Used to Print on Plastic Electronics Enclosure?

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 enclosure.

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.

What are the Post-Production Waterproof Enclosures and Its Uses?

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 cool, right?

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. There 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.

What are the Real Purpose of Battery Clips?

Just recently, there was a mishap happened in my kitchen: the garbage disposal bin suddenly backed-up leading my sink to slowly drain itself into the dishwasher. Then afterwards, it leaked on almost everywhere. This hilarious but stressing situation happened during night time and I only discovered the disaster happened until the next morning when I am about to grab my cup of coffee.

This is not the only disaster that has happened, when I got home from work the water from the accident caused my wood flooring to buckle. When I try to flatten down my floor, the wood flooring cracked. This is because the people who fixed my kitchen just glued the wood tiles on the linoleum flooring. Causing the pieces that were soaked in the water came up so easily. However, the rest won’t budge. I guess I need to replace half of my flooring.

With this in mind, when we have something to be permanently placed on a certain area, we should secure it permanently. Like my floor, I do not expect anything like that would happen. Another example of almost the same kind of scenario are the keyfob remote controls.

Even if the the keyfob controls are very small  – and even if they are – the batter holders can still bring a lot of damage if they go around and sliding inside the case. In order to prevent this from happening while keeping the integrity of the PCB board (and eventually avoid long lasting damage) the battery holder should be put permanently on the board through soldering.

This will make sure that the battery holder will stay very secured even if the keyfob just hangs from the keychain and is being swung around using a finger, or even thrown or juggled through the air with a mobile phone to save a falling cup of coffee.

Do you know how to properly solder things? Below are some very useful tips on doing this. While it takes some valuable amount of time and practice to use these methods and tools properly, soldering in basic terms is putting things together using a molten metal instead of glue sticks.

How to prepare the soldering iron:

•    Plug in the soldering iron and place it properly on its stand.

•    Soak the sponge on the water and dampen it and place it in the stand.

•    After dampening the sponge, wait for just a few minutes for the iron to warm up.

•    Once the iron warmed up, wipe the tip of the iron with a damp sponge.

•   Melt some metal on the tip of the soldering iron.

To start soldering, do the following:

•    By holding the soldering iron like a pen, hold it near the base of the handle.

•    Touch the soldering iron to the end pieces of the things that you will put together.

•    Feed the soldering metal unto the solder of the joint.

•    Gently remove the solder and eventually the iron unto the solder of the joint.

•    Inspect the joining ends closely.

How Important is Waterproof Rating on Electronic Plastic Enclosures?

If I loved something, I will always go back to where it was. For years now, I have been going to the same Chinese restaurant near my neighborhood. Just recently, there have been series of experiences – really bad ones – and there’s a possibility I might decide to find a new Chinese restaurant. Until the bad taste is already gone. I did a little Google research for new Chinese restaurants and I have stumbled upon a website where people are encouraged to review local establishments.

When I checked on the different, divided categories and this will enable me to find the best Chinese restaurant replacement. There’s no need for me to sift through every restaurant listing in my area. I can be confident that basing on my general testimony, it is reasonable that this might be possible. The individual tastes might vary, and I just found out that there is a possibility I might not like the new place but at least I am not going and finding new restaurant in a blind spot.

With this in mind, per testimony can work in various of ways. The additional benefit to this is in the industry of electrical design. More often than not, the customers always ask the specifications about the electronics enclosure. They always start with: “Do you know if anyone else has done …?”

Well, if a customer will ask if the HD-45 can be considered IP66K compliant, there’s only one sure answer to this. It certainly is. Just last year, there was a customer who had complete the IP66K testing on the HD-45. It was certain that the cases will not leak. The customer is more than happy to announce that the case just passed with flying colors and passing rate.

With this, what does IP66K Mean? To explain this clearly, the first 6 in the IP rating indicates that the electronics enclosure is entirely protected against dust ingress. The second 6 in the rating means that the enclosure can also protect the equipment against strong water ingress coming from jets/streams of water. The limited ingress of water is now permitted provided that it should not bring damage to the PC board.

The machining holes and other customizations for electronics enclosure should have an effect on the IP rating of the electronics enclosure. There should be careful consideration that should be made to make sure that all the cutouts of the materials are now correctly sealed in order to maintain the waterproof rating to make submersible and waterproof enclosure.

In conclusion, I strongly suggest that you conduct your own testing for your own product prototypes. This is to make sure that individually, in your end the prototype meets the same rating. Basing on the findings from one of the customers of this enclosure, it is more likely that the electronics enclosure should be able to meet the IP66K rating. However, with this in mind, engineering projects always vary. There’s a possibility that you might cause the enclosure to be less-water tight.

What is the Relationship of Relative Thermal Index to Electronics Enclosure?

I am not a very good driver when it comes to freeway. I usually drive a certain patch of freeway on my way to work. Majority of the time I believe there is a cop waiting for me holding a radar gun that points to the traffic. I guess most of us know that there is a high chance that the cop is there on his post every time we drive past. Still my fellow drivers just keep on slamming on their breaks when they spot the cops. But in line with this, we all push the different limits of what we know what’s right or what should we do or what we should not. But still we get away with the things that we should not be doing. When something like this happens, we quickly learn not to repeat the same mistakes again right?

With this in mind, I would like to prevent you from learning this lesson in the hard way. Plastic boxes also have limitations too – in terms of temperature. Some of the enclosure plastic materials tends to have a higher temperature rating compared to others. Regardless of what the rating is. Once the temperature already reached the required temperature, the engineer is already risking deformation and loss of shape.

What is RTI or Relative Thermal Index?

Let us define what RTI is. It is formerly known as CUTR – or Continuous Use Temperature Rating. This is the highest limit of service temperature, where the critical properties of the material should remain inside the acceptable limits. There are about 50% after 10 cycles, and this is according to the UL testing.

With this in mind, RTI is the external indicator of the material’s innate properties. However, there is a limitation to this. RTI does not consider some of the specific application factors such as the stresses that are inherently molded and mixed into a part before the external load is going to be applied. Including in this is chemical exposure, part thickness, etc. The only most reliable method in predicting part performance is to have the prototype part be subjected into a test under some actual conditions.

There are three independent RTI ratings that can help us with this:

  1. The electrical measures effectively measure dielectric strength
  2. The mechanical part has an impact with measurement of tensile impact strength
  3. The mechanical part that exists without impact measures the tensile strength

For other enclosure manufacturing companies, the standard flame-retardant ABS or the RTI temperature is up to 80 degrees. However, just like my fellow drivers on the freeway, they can only drive up to 10 miles over the limit. It is then most possibly safer in driving at a slower rate than that.