Rack Optimized Servers

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Instead of being encased in a typical tower case, a rack optimized server is configured to fit into a server rack. Typically, a rack is 19 inches wide and will be sized to hold one or a number of servers plus a range of other necessary equipment. A rack unit is 1.75 inches high, so equipment intended for configuration into a rack will be described as taking up so many units of rack space, hence 1U, 2U, and so on.

Advantages of Rack Configuration

The rack configuration can either be freestanding or wall mounted, and its chief purpose is to save space. The rack concept evolved to solve the problem that is experienced by so many IT departments: too much equipment and not enough space. In practice though, it is also possible to save money on rack optimized hardware.

Rack optimized servers also offer convenience, as it is possible to have easy access to the equipment at any time. One possible drawback with server racks is appearance. They can sometimes look clumsy and raw. To solve this, encase the whole inside a rack cabinet, and you not only have a much better looking arrangement, but can provide security for your system too.

It is good policy to buy a server rack a little larger than you actually need, even if you're not planning on expanding the system. If you know that at some point you're going to need more servers, or more peripherals, however, you can plan for this by buying a rack to take all your needs. More than this, it is very practical to build expandability into your system with a rack configuration, thus "future-proofing" your system.


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Server racks of the utmost premium quality can be equipped with multiple shelves, glide-mounted drawers, or keyboard shelves with ambidextrous mouse trays, etc.

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Server racks generally come with advanced features such as cooling, power distribution, and cable management for servers and networking applications

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