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Buying a New Server Rack? Consider These 5 Things

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Data centers can become crowded with the servers that are so essential to their function, which is why server racks are used to keep them organized, accessible, clean, and safe. The computer server industry generates about $14 billion of revenue annually, and for good reason -- it is essential that servers, which hold and protect information for corporations, hospitals, school systems, and personal networks, remain properly attended to.


If you are looking for a storage system for your server system, it is important to shop around and make sure that your server rack has all of the components you need. Even if you acquire a used server rack, used server cabinet, used network racks, or used computer rack, it's important that your servers are "comfortable" on the rack that you provide for them.

Take a look at these five tips before you go server rack shopping for your company:

Cooling Strategy

Most data centers operate in a temperature range between 68 and 72 degrees, and servers tend to heat up after being in use for a long time, so it's a good idea to choose a rack that has a built-in cooling system.


Security

Your rack should have sophisticated locks on it so that no one can access it, especially if it's left alone in the building.


Rack Design

Does the rack have side panels? Does it have mounting rails and feet? Make sure that the rack design is right for who will be using it, who will repair it if need be, and the location it will live in. Also, if your company cares about the appearance of the room in which the servers will be stored, whether as an office policy or to show potential clients, it's a good idea to have more aesthetically pleasing server racks.


Power Technologies

Getting the latest in power distribution technology can seriously make a difference in reducing power costs, while still allowing your servers to receive as much power as they need.

Used Server Racks


Don't forget to look at used network racks as well! Many older models are still fully function, and can be cheaply and easily updated if they are missing any of the above features. Don't forget that a little goes a long way -- a single 19- or 23-inch rack can accommodate anywhere from 42 to hundreds of servers.

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