When deploying servers and network equipment, organization is always top of mind.
One way to expertly organize electronic equipment is to store all of it inside of a free-standing rack enclosure. This provides functionality, arrangement, and security. In the beginning, there are some basic questions, which should be posed when finding the perfect enclosure solution for the needs of a customer or end-user.
Questions to Guide You in Determining the Best Solution
- How much network equipment will be stored in the enclosure?
This will help determine the overall size or how many U of rack mount space (the height of the enclosure; a U equals 1.75 inches) is needed. Another option might be to gang or bolt together multiple enclosures, so that everything is efficiently stored together.
- What type of cable management is needed?
With electronic equipment, many cables, wires, and cords will reside inside of the enclosure. Cable management helps to easily organize these cables. This ensures that everything remains plugged in and reduces the risk of cables being pinched or cut when closing a door. Split panels or small openings should be available for cables to enter/exit the enclosure. It also important to note if the cable management solution needs to be arranged horizontal or vertical.
- Does the equipment need to be locked?
Some equipment can be accessed by anyone at the company, while others might need to be secured under lock and key. If the enclosure needs to be secured and kept private, choose an enclosure with key locking latches, including the removable side panels. Lockable doors provide easy access, while maintaining equipment security.
- What type of add-ons are necessary?
Many accessories should be considered before purchasing a vented server enclosure, including cooling fans (single, double, or quadruple), surge protectors, drawers, shelves (stationary or roll-out), filler panels (should fit the standard 19” EIA compliant mounting), levelers, bolt down legs, mounting hardware, industrial grade castors, and keyboard trays. Any or all of these accessories will create an enclosure environment that is easy to navigate, while keeping everything orderly.
Do not make the mistake of overlooking one or two of the questions mentioned above, as it may result in a less than ideal enclosure solution. Always make a list of everything that is needed and check it a few times, before finalizing the purchase. If the enclosure is heavily researched, then it is sure to keep electronics safe for many years in the future. As always, this will save money and keep the company from experiencing downtime.
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