Your server will provide you with years of great service, providing you take care of it properly. As with any electronic device, there is a right way and a wrong way to store your server. You can either purchase a server rack, or you can build your own. Whichever method you choose should be the method that you feel will meet your needs.
Building Beyond The Rack
Depending on the success of your business, and the status of your business, you might want to start with a basic server rack. For most new businesses, space is a major concern. That is why you need to consider which type of server your business can benefit from.
There is one important fact you need to know, when you are looking for the perfect way to rack your server; be certain that the server rack you choose is designed to accommodate your server.
You can get a server rack in a variety of styles and sizes.
Ventilation And Rails
If you want your server to breathe, and not be cluttered, you need to get a rack with rails. Rails allows you to pull your server out of its slot, when you need to have it serviced, or when you just want to let it vent. A good air flow is important to the longevity of electronic devices. A server rack without rails, can restrict the movement of your server, which can be hazardous to the server.
Meet Your Needs
Make sure the server rack meets your business needs, more so than your personal needs. We have a tendency to purchase what we like versus what we need
If you do not like the server racks you see at the electronic store, you can always build your own or find an online rack builder who specializes in custom built racks. When you build a customized server rack, you can add any features you want. You can purchase a rack builder kit, and follow the directions, or you can add a few designs of your own.
Put Your Server Inside A Cabinet
Depending on the type of server rack you need, you can place your server inside a cabinet. The cabinet protects your server from dust, airborne particles, and possible water damage. When your server is not in use, you can easily store it inside the cabinet and take it out when you are ready to use it. You can get a cabinet with a lock, if you want to keep your server away for unauthorized users. Choosing the best server for your business needs is not difficult, if you know what you want and need in a server rack.
You can go beyond the rack and purchase a build a rack mounted server rack. You will need to consider cable management needs and how your rack can accommodate this need. Taking care of your cables is just as important as taking care of the server, and keeping it safe. An online rack builder can answer any how-to questions you may have as well as providing continued online technical support.
+Katrina is a product specialist for RackSolutions, the market leader for designing and manufacturing custom racking products for the IT industry! You can read more about our company here