Author: Shannon Date Posted: 7 July 2021
When it comes to choosing the correct server rack for your purpose, there are a few things you should consider. In this buyer's guide, we’ll run through all you need to know. We will talk about the different sizes, mounting options, accessories, plus some handy hints that will help in finding the server rack that will best fit your needs.
Server racks or cabinets are designed to store electrical equipment for home or business networking. A network is a group of devices, both wired and wireless, that connect to the internet and each other.
With a server rack you can secure & organise your devices in vertical racks. It’s kind of like a CD rack (remember those?) but instead of music you’re storing electrical equipment such as servers, routers, switches, monitoring equipment, hard drives + devices like your Foxtel box, Playstation, and Google Home.
Server racks have primarily been designed for use in commercial spaces, offices, home studios and game rooms. They are ideal for organisation as the vertical racks provide ample storage for all your digital equipment to reside in one place. This organisation can also be effective for troubleshooting any potential technical issues, which is why they’re popular with installers in the AV industry who use them as a media control hub for homes.
Server racks provide much needed airflow around your devices that will improve the efficiency of your technical equipment. They can also be great space savers with equipment stacked to maximise floor space in your room.
Basically, server racks can streamline your technical devices into one centralised, organised, secure, transportable, accessible and cooled storage system, to get the most out of your equipment for years to come.
Like any storage, you first need to know what you’re going to put inside it to gauge how much storage capacity you’ll need. Once you know that, there are 2 important measurements to consider when looking for a server rack, depth and height.
Note: All server racks have an internal width of 19 inches. External width will vary slightly between server racks to accommodate the frame & doors.
To calculate the depth of rack you need, simply measure (in millimetres) the designated space in your room & the depth of the largest device you wish to store.
Figuring out the height is a little more in depth. With server racks, height is not only measured in millimetres but in RUs. An RU (or Rack Unit) is a pre-defined measurement that refers to the vertical square holes in a server rack.
These RUs enable you to stack & secure (with nuts & bolts) your devices into place with 1RU couting 3 vertical mounting holes equal to 44 millimetres (1.75 inches) in height. This type of standardised measurement ensures all rack mount equipment will fit inside a server rack, no matter the brand.
To learn more, check out our article on measuring up your server rack.
One of the most crucial things to consider when selecting a server rack is whether you want an open or enclosed server rack. Each comes with its own specific design and list of features.
To learn more, check out our article on open racks.
The Titan AV range of enclosed racks includes floor standing and wall mounted. If you're looking for a smaller server cabinet to mount on your wall then the Titan AV wall mount server cabinets are your best bet. If you have limited space, checkout Titan AV vertical wall mount cabinets for a more streamlined option.
When you’re putting together a server rack, rack mount accessories can go a long way to achieving your desired look. Designed specifically to house server & networking gear, 19” rack mount accessories include steel drawers, shelves and other accessories that make it suitable to stack any gear within a server rack.
Here are the most popular 19" Rack Mount Accessories for your server rack:
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