Whether building a large data center, or a small server closet, choosing the right rack equipment is extremely important. There are many factors that you’re going to want to think about to ensure you get a Lone Star Rack that will meet your needs today, and long into the future. We’ll go through each factor here to help you decide.
Choosing the type of rack you need is one of the first things you need to decide. There are three main categories of equipment racks that you can pick from, each of which are made from high quality materials to ensure your equipment is protected.
- 2 Post Racks – Two post racks leave your equipment out in the open for easy accessibility and cooling. These options are commonly used for lighter equipment such as small switches, routers, servers, and telco equipment.
- 4 Post Racks – A four post rack allows you to secure your equipment inside the rack so that it isn’t easily bumped. You can also use four (or more) screw points on your equipment to ensure it is fully supported.
- Enclosed Racks – Enclosed racks are a type of 4 post rack, which also have lockable doors to ensure everything within is kept as safe as possible from any type of damage or unintentional access. Our enclosed rack is part of our Lone Star Rack flagship line.
Rack Height, Width, and Depth
The next thing you want to look at is how big the racks are. Depending on how much computer equipment you have, and the type it is, you will need to find a rack that can properly hold it. There are several standard options available to choose from, each of which is designed for a different size or shape of device.
- Height – In most cases, the height of the rack is going to determine how many pieces of equipment the rack can hold. Most racked servers, routers, switches, and other equipment won’t be too tall itself, so a taller rack will give you room for multiple layers of equipment.
- Width – The width of the rack is extremely important as you need to make sure your rack is wide enough to hold your devices. The standard widths are 19’’ (most common), 23.7’’, and 31.5’’. Most people will want to select a rack that is wide enough to fit their widest equipment, and then adapter rails can be used to fit in the other items.
- Depth – Just like the width of racks, the width needs to be sufficient for your largest equipment. Having extra depth doesn’t cause any trouble, and some people prefer it sine it gives them more room to work in the rack when necessary. It can also give more room for running wires within the rack.
While it can be tempting to just buy the largest racks so that you can be sure that everything will fit, that is not always a good strategy. If a rack is far too large, it can actually make it more difficult to control the airflow properly, which impacts cooling strategies. Finding the rack size you need can take some time, but it is well worth the effort.
Another thing to consider when choosing a rack is if you need a seismic model. Seismic server racks are specially made to limit any vibrations that can come up from the floor and potentially damage computer equipment. These were designed to help protect computer equipment from earthquakes, but it also helps to minimize vibrations from people walking through the area, any carts rolling by, or even high-lows or other vehicles that may be in the area. When you have extremely important data equipment that needs to be kept safe, a seismic rack is going to be the way to go.
Get the Help You Need
If you still need additional help choosing the right equipment rack for your needs, we are here to help. Here at Lone Star Racks we have been helping people get the racks and mounts they need for years, and we’ll be happy to put that experience to work for you. Just contact us and speak with one of our customer services representatives who can work with you to find the perfect rack.