Our Top 5 Server Rack Cabinets
Looking for solutions to keep your networking equipment safe, organized, and well ventilated? From full data centers to small home offices, there are a variety of options to meet the needs of IT professionals and data center managers.
Full data centers or dedicated server rooms may need tall, floor-mounted racks to organize and protect servers, routers, and cables. But small offices may like a wall-mounted cabinet with locks or convenient, portable cabinets to protect their network equipment.
Why These 5 Racks For Servers Are Popular
Seismic Rack Cabinet
Areas that are prone to earthquakes or vibrations due to vehicles, planes, and trains, need extra protection and durability. Our solid-sided seismic rack enclosures are GR-63 Core NEBS certified for Zone 4 with 2500-pound loads. These are popular with essential services or facilities where continuous operations are critical including hospitals, telecommunications, public utilities, aviation towers, fire/police stations, emergency shelters, and national defense.
UL Certified Cloud Cabinets
The Gaw Cloud cabinet offers peace of mind while offering protection and safe storage for the modern storage center. It can withstand the elements and over 3,000 pounds of weight. In addition to strength and security, it includes all the functionality you need to access your data center including front to rear air containment, levelers, access holes, and more.
Enhanced Cable Management Cabinets
CableMAX racks are designed for convenience. They provide ample cable pass-through holes to ensure cables are hidden plus mesh doors and side panels to keep equipment cool and smooth slides with a variety of mounting options. Few racks offer this range of features at such a reasonable price point – making it a great choice for all sorts of organizations.
Open-Sided Server Racks
These cabinets make it easy for technicians to access servers, making installation and maintenance fast, easy and painless. Open sides also make it possible to place racks side-by-side for convenient cable management. Fitted with mesh panels for excellent air cooling.
When floor space is at a premium, this rack offers a simple, secure way to store and protect your network equipment. It’s easy to install and mount and has a clear window for easy access. With a lockable door for increased security and 16-gauge cold steel for strength and durability.
Networking Rack versus Server Rack
There are three types of racks: open-frame racks, enclosures, and wall-mount racks.
Open racks are more cost-effective than full enclosures and are either two-post or four-post. Two post open racks have limited use and can only accommodate smaller equipment like switches or patch panels. 4 post open-frame racks are more stable and can handle heavier equipment such as battery back units and UPS systems. And because they are open, air flows easily around equipment. Four-post open racks are a common option for serious network setups.
Enclosures are a popular option, offering a lot of advantages. Enclosed cabinets can be locked for security and provide added protection against damage. Fans and cooling devices can be installed in enclosures for improved airflow. These racks can become air-conditioned server cabinets by adding an Air Distribution Unit. Enclosed racks can also hide cabling better, protect cables from damage, and with proper baffles become a sound-proof server rack.
Wall-mount cabinets save floor space while offering the same protection as a free-standing rack. Designs allow easy mounting and can support heavy loads along with a server rack shelf or two. We have a variety of wall-mounted server racks – fixed, swinging, open frame, and vertical. They fit perfectly in closets or small storage areas.
Choosing a Server Rack
When choosing a server rack, here are a few questions to ask (or consider).
The most obvious is how much space will I need for my data cabinet? There are a lot of sizes and mounting options to fit all the different ways people use servers and other network equipment. How much space you have and where you wish to install the rack will factor into your options.
- Server rack height. Servers are often classified by height using rack unit measurements. Each Unit is 1.75 inches and the standard is 48U (or 7 feet) but they are also available in 44U, 42U, 27U, 22U, 12U, and 8U.
- Server rack depth. Measured in inches (not rack units), there are fewer variations in sizes. Server racks can range from 0-50 inches – but are commonly 24, 36, or 48 inches deep. The standard for open-frames is 29 inches deep, compatible with most servers from Dell, HP, IBM, and Cisco.
- Server rack width. The most common standard server rack width is 23 inches with 19 inches rack mount to accommodate most servers. Many racks today have an exterior width of 24 or 28 inches.
Will my server rack be able to cool the servers I have? Racks are designed to support a relatively even flow of cooled air to the devices. But the power equipment consumes and the cooling required to handle the heat varies widely. Equipment with different power and cooling demands can cause issues. So, if unsure, talk with a professional or get an analysis done.
What are the shipping costs? Datacenter racks can be extremely heavy – especially if the equipment is packed inside them. A standard rack can weigh 250 -500 pounds. So, shipping these units can be quite difficult. Network racks must be shipped upright to avoid damaging the equipment stored within it. They are also prone to tipping over – so Gaw Technology uses Tip and Tell on our one-box shipping.
Would you like Gaw Technology to install cable management or other accessories into your semi-custom or custom cabinets? No problem.