Data Center Cabinets for Network and Servers

/Data Center Cabinets for Network and Servers
Data Center Cabinets for Network and Servers 2017-10-10T12:47:16+00:00

Instor’s team provides customized data center cabinet or rack solutions for your data center space.

Whenever you are buying server cabinets and network cabinets there are several questions to consider before making a purchase. What type of equipment will be housed in the cabinet? How much space do you need for the equipment? Is space on the server room floor or overhead space limited? Does the cabinet structure provide proper cooling and airflow to equipment?

When answering these questions, it is important to choose a cabinet or rack that will adequately store and protect the types of equipment that will be deployed and will be compatible with server room conveyance and infrastructure. It is also prudent to choose a cabinet that will not become obsolete with future tech refreshes.

Instor’s Server/Network Cabinet Solutions meet the individual needs of your space. Our team of experts consults with our client to determine the cabinet that best suits the requirements and constraints of a server room space while making considerations for future expansion.

Standard and Customized Data Center Cabinet/Racks

When you are choosing the right cabinet for a server room, two factors to consider are the amount space available and what type of IT equipment will be stored inside the cabinet. It is important to choose a cabinet that is compatible with the equipment that will be stored inside.  42U cabinets are a popular standard cabinet, but if there are no overhead obstruction or limitations with the conveyance, then 48U or larger sized cabinets may be a better option for storing equipment.

Configuration Dimensions (US) Dimensions (Metric)
42U Server 42U x 24”W x 42”D 42U x 600mm x 1200mm
42U Network 42U x 30”W x 42”D 42U x 750mm x 1200mm
48U Server 48U x 24”W x 48”D 48U x 600mm x 1200mm
42U Network 42U x 30”W x 42”D 42U x 750mm x 1200mm

Before choosing the cabinet size, it is crucial to make sure that the cabinet structure will clear the loading dock, the pathway to the server room, and the doorway of the server room. If the cabinet will be pre-populated, it is critical to choose a cabinet with an appropriate dynamic load rating and load bearing casters. Shock pallets should also be used to transport pre-populated cabinets.

The color of cabinets should be chosen based on lighting requirements. White cabinets reflect the most amount of light and can make it easier to see within the server room space. White cabinets also look cleaner than black cabinets.

If the server room has a space constraint, or if a greater amount of equipment will be stored in the cabinet than what will fit in a standard cabinet, then custom cabinets can be ordered from manufacturers. Before committing to a customized cabinet solution, be aware of the lead times for manufacturers to build the cabinets.

The decision between a 2-post rack and a 4-post rack is mostly determined by the type of equipment to be housed inside of the space.

2-post racks provide minimal security and protection for IT equipment because of their structure. 2-post racks are less expensive than 4-post racks, so if saving money is a priority, then a 2-post rack may be the better option. 2-post racks should be bolted to the floor to provide required stability. 2-post racks typically support about 750 lbs. If you are storing lighter equipment such as switches, routers, patch panels and other networking equipment, then a 2-post rack may be the better option.

4-post racks offer better support and protection for servers and IT equipment. The structure of 4-post racks provides more versatility in what types of servers and IT equipment are stored in the rack. It is also easier to run and secure structured cabling to a 4-post rack. 4-post racks support between 1500-3000 lbs. If you are housing heavier IT equipment and servers, then a 4-post rack should be used.

Chimney cabinets are a great option if there is a return air plenum in the server room and if they are compatible with overhead structures, conveyance, and lighting requirements. It is also crucial to check if chimney cabinets are compatible with the fire mitigation system. Chimney cabinets create a negative air pressure, so hot air is naturally exhausted to the return air supply. Chimney cabinets have a low initial cost with no ongoing maintenance expenses.

Whenever chimney cabinets are populated with equipment, it is important to store higher density servers and IT equipment at the bottom of the rack. There should not be any equipment mounted within four inches of the chimney to ensure proper exhaust and airflow. It is also crucial to make sure that the structure of a chimney cabinet will not impede running cables to the equipment.

Air-conditioned cabinets are a great solution for housing higher density servers and IT equipment with higher heat loads. Deploying cabinets with integrated cooling are a solution for environments where the ambient temperature runs hotter than 77° F and when alternative cooling solutions are not readily available. The downside of using cabinets with integrated cooling is that deploying them requires a great level of coordinating and design with the facility owner/manager. Air-conditioned cabinets can also be used in dirty environments such as warehouses when clean air cannot be adequately supplied to the servers and IT equipment.

In addition to providing server cabinet and network cabinet solutions, Instor also provides site preparation with our Data Center Fit Up services for optimized:

  • Power Solutions

  • Space Solutions

  • Data Center Relocation

  • Conveyance

  • Network / Connectivity Solutions

  • Data Center Cleaning

Have you outgrown your data center space?
Contact us today for a free 30 minute consultation.

REQUEST A CONSULT