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The Unconventional Guide to Buying Server Racks

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The Unconventional Guide to Buying Server Racks

Manufacturers have been using jargon and complex syntax to make it tough to shop for server rack enclosures for years, because it's allowed them to hike up their prices. After all, if consumers weren't sure what the smart decision was, they're more likely to pay for things they don't need.

This is why it's important to know what you're looking for when you're looking for it. Here's a quick guide to help you shop for server enclosures.


Believe it or not, server enclosures have their own height units. One "U" is equal to 44.45 millimeters or 1.75 inches. The reason for this non-standard means of measurement is to indicate how many units a server enclosure can accommodate. As for width and depth, manufacturers use standard units of measurement. Generally, the bigger, the better, as you'll never know how much more space you may need in the future.


As you probably already know, servers need to be well ventilated so that they don't overheat and so that they can function as efficiently as possible. Some server enclosures have holes to allow more ventilation, which is great if you use air conditioning to cool your data center. However, if you plan on using chemical coolants, you may want to find server enclosures that are more suited to that means of cooling.


In order to get the most out of your server enclosures, you may need to pick up some accessories for them as well. Consider investing in Power Distribution Units, plinths, castors, or cabinet jacking feet.

Servers are an integral part of your business, and so you must be careful when shopping for server enclosures, as whatever decision you make will have a direct impact on your business. If you have any questions about shopping for server enclosures, feel free to ask in the comments.

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