data center cabinets and racks

Data Center Cabinets and Racks

If you tried to count the number of things that can go wrong in a data center at any given time, you’d be counting for a long time. Downtime, inefficient cooling, fires, human error and the list goes on. If you live in a seismic zone, your list just got a little bit longer.

Truth is, no one knows when disaster might strike, but fortune favors the bold … and the well-prepared. That’s you, right?

When it comes to preparedness, there’s no better place to start than with your data center cabinets and racks. Even if you don’t live in Earthquake Central, having sturdy, well-built racks and cabinets in your data center can make all the difference in the world.

Rack Shopping
First things first. If you’re in the market for racks, you’re likely to be overwhelmed by the options out there. The first consideration is whether the racks you’re shopping for will even fit in the room you’re building out. It’s important to consider ceiling height, conveyance infrastructure clearance, the presence of fire suppression systems, existing lighting, your loading dock size and even the size of your elevator. And don’t forget about those doorway heights and widths. If you can’t get it through the door, you’ve potentially made a time-sucking, costly mistake.

Server racks typically come in 48U X 24” X 48” while network racks run 48U X 30” X 48”, so it’s important to understand which works best for your business needs. There’s also the option of static and dynamic load ratings and two- versus four-post racks.

Then, there are accessories. A rack will serve you best when properly paired with the right monitors, keyboard drawers, grommets, power and cooling.

What’s That Shaking?

If you do happen to live within a seismically-active area (i.e. anywhere along the West Coast, although quakes are also common in the Midwest and other parts of the country), you’ll want to put serious thought into earthquake risk mitigation solutions such as ISO-Base bracing platforms, which ensure the safety or your workers while protecting equipment during a quake.

And, don’t forget about the lighting. Energy efficient LED lighting is becoming the standard in data centers across the globe. When you’re looking to operate as efficiently as possible, don’t overlook your light sources.

Three Steps to A Better Night’s Rest

When it comes down to it, protecting your data center equipment and your employees are at the heart of what you do. Protecting the bottom line while growing the top line is also a high priority, so it’s important to work with a team that has your best interest in mind.

At Instor, we’ve developed three easy steps to protecting your data center from a variety of disasters. A bonus side effect? You’ll sleep much better at night.

Instor partners with the top names in the data center cabinet and rack industry to provide world-class products for your next build, upgrade or colocation move. We’d love the chance to help reach your goals of a safe, efficient data center.

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