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What is a Rack?

Racks are frame structures designed for mounting standard 19″ rack-mount equipment-servers, switches, routers, UPS systems, audio/video-regardless of vendor. They provide rack equipment organization, security and cable management while enabling airflow. There are two basic types: rack enclosures (also called rack cabinets) and open-frame racks.

Where are Racks used?

  • Server rooms and data centers
  • Audio/video installations
  • Closets housing telecommunications equipment
  • Industrial environments such as a factory floor

What type of rack do you require?

Floor Standing

Wall Mount

Rack Enclosure Open Frame Rack Enclosure Open Frame
 FS-racks

If access control and equipment protection are important to you, we recommend a Rack Enclosure

 OF-racks

If you simply need an economical way to organize IT equipment, we suggest an Open-Frame Rack.

 RE-racks

Wall Mount Racks are ideal for securely housing IT equipment in classrooms or sites with limited floor space.

 WOF-racks

In small but secure locations, a wall mount open frame rack provides excellent airflow and easy access to wiring.

What size of rack do you need?

1U-measurement

The height of a rack, and the height of equipment in it, is expressed in “rack units” (a rack unit is 1.75 inches, or 44.45mm). The actual height of a 42U rack is therefore 42 x 1.75 = 73.5 inches. A 2U server would occupy two of the available 42 rack units.

Be sure to make an accurate assessment of the amount of rack space you currently need, and allow for future growth.

Rack Depth

Determine the maximum rack depth required to mount your equipment in a floor-standing or wall-mount rack enclosure cabinet.

 

Floor-Standing Rack Depth Designations
Rack Depth (in.) Ideal for…
Shallow 27 A/V equipment, limited space
Mid-depth 31 Limited space
Standard 37 Servers
Deep 42 Extra cables, improved airflow
Wall-Mount Rack Depth Designations
Rack Depth (in.) Ideal for…
Patch-depth < 16 Patch panels
Switch-depth 16 – 23.99 Switches
UPS-depth 24 – 31.99 UPS systems
Server-depth > 32 Servers

Can the rack handle the weight of your equipment?

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Racks have a weight limit. Make sure that the capacity of the rack is greater than the total weight of the equipment being mounted.

Do you need any special features?

PCI-Compliance

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The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard requires that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.

Shock Pallet Packaging

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Shock Pallet models feature additional reinforcement and shock-absorbing material for safely re-shipping loaded racks to remote sites.

 

Expansion

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Expansion models can be bayed together easily to form rows, which is ideal for hot-aisle/cold-aisle cooling techniques.

 

 

Disassembled Shipping

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Racks ship fully assembled for easy installation. However, sometimes doorways or tight spaces cannot accommodate fully assembled racks, so knockdown models ship disassembled for easier transportation.

Heat Removal

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Thermal Duct Rack Enclosures directly connect to a facility’s exhaust system to remove hot air not only from the rack but from the entire room.

 

 

Co-Location

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Some data center sites host multiple users in a single Rack Cabinet. Co-location models have two separate compartments to allow secure access to the correct users.

 

Extra Width

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In addition to extended-depth models, extra-wide models provide extra space for cables and improved airflow.

 

TAA-Compliance

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GSA schedule purchases and other government contracts require products that comply with the Trade Agreement Act (TAA).

 

Seismic Protection

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Seismic Enclosures have a rugged welded construction and are tested to Seismic Zone 4 standards, making them ideal for sites that are earthquake-prone or are subject to regular vibration, such as an airport or factory.

 

 

Cable Management & Accessories

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Shelves, mounting rails, stabilization, cooling, patch panels, hardware kits, casters, and more enable custom installations to accommodate any space limitation or expansion requirement.

 

 

If you are in need of a rack cabinet, enclosure, or open-frame rack, or
have any questions, or just need advice on your installation, please do
not hesitate to contact us at info@eracks.com, or use our contact form at: https://eracks.com/contact/

May 23rd, 2016

Posted In: How-To

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