A Look into the Different Kinds of Server Racks

Different Types of Data Center Racks

Which Server Rack Is Right for You? 

Businesses have transitioned from keeping important documents and work inside filing cabinets to keeping them remotely in high-density data centers. Data centers are important for modern businesses because they can efficiently store an incredible amount of information that can be instantly indexed and accessed regardless of where the company is located.  Businesses that offer colocation services like Lightwave Networks have plenty of different server racks available for business, but many get confused about the different kinds of racks available to them. Below, Lightwave Networks detail the differences between the most important server racks so your business can be more educated on how our colocation servers work. 

What Are the Different Kinds of Server Racks?

The purpose of a server rack is to provide structure to the different components of a complex colocation system. This way, these components are organized and easy to fix and maintain if possible. Depending on the complexity and size of your colocation server, you may need to opt for a server rack cabinet, open frame rack, data center cage, or data center suite. 

What Is an Open-Frame Server Rack?

An open-frame rack consists of an open-air mounting hoisted by rails. These come in plenty of sizes and could house a wide range of equipment. The industry standard for these is typically 19 inches high by 36 inches deep. These are the smallest kinds of racks available to businesses, but this does not mean that they lack performance. The most popular are the 2-post open frame rack and 4-post open frame rack, with the latter being the most well-equipped for bulkier setups. 

What Is a Data Cabinet and Data Center Cage?

A data cabinet resembles a large gun safe and comes with doors, side panels, and even adjustable railings. This is a completely enclosed setup, which means that the components inside are entirely secure. However, being completely enclosed also means that the contents inside of them run the risk of overheating, requiring a ventilation or cooling system going forward.

A data center cage is a metal wire enclosure that can store multiple racks and cabinets. For maximum cooling efficiency, cages are typically made up of metal bars and metal mesh walls, and they can either be shared or private. A private cage will only hold servers and IT equipment of one company, while shared cages hold multiple companies’ servers. Colocation providers typically rent out cage space by the square foot instead of by “U” ( which is a rack unit or one slice of rack or cabinet space.)

About Lightwave Networks

Lightwave Networks not only offers colocation in Dallas, dedicated servers in Philadelphia, and data centers in New Jersey, but they also provide colocation in Massachusetts, online backup for businesses in Boston, and colocation in Boston, along with many other services. To learn more about colocation and how it could be used for your business, contact us today to learn more.

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