Need-to-knows: New network and server rack installation
23 December, 2020 by

Think ahead - future proofing  

Expected growth of a company and future requirements are no doubt key. Spending a little more money today to have the flexibility to be able to meet future demands will save you time and money in the long run. For example, a wall mounted cabinet may suffice today but would need to be replaced with a full sized rack in the future which will result in downtimes and costs greater than initially buying a full size rack.


Determining the correct room

Choosing the appropriate room within a building is crucial. Most importantly, the room should be as secure as possible. Rooms in the center of a building are often ideal since they do not have windows. Also, allowing the cables that run throughout the building to be as short as possible.



Consider the rack type

You need to consider; size and quantity of the hardware that will be installed ensuring adequate air ventilation is provided. Essentially there are two types of racks; wall mounted racks, smaller and shorter and full-size racks. Be aware that racks specifically designed to be populated with servers usually do not provide adequate solutions for cable management and routing which would be required in a network rack.



Rack and rail compatibility

Choosing a network and server rack that is compatible with the rails used by your hardware/equipment is essential. Cheaper racks sometimes have weirdly bent 19” rails that do not allow server rails to be installed.



Ventilation, cooling

Keeping hardware components cool particularly computer equipment is key to their performance and reliability. Avoiding exterior influences such as direct sunlight are just as important as internal influences such as patch cables blocking the air ventilation. Utilizing for example, flat patch cords over round cords leaves more room for the air to flow and provides superior ventilation extending the lifetime of the hardware.

Choosing your PDU (Power Distribution Unit)

When installing hardware in a rack, you will often need power distribution units (PDU) to supply electricity to components in the rack. It is essential to find a PDU that is suitable for your specific power requirements.


Labeling your cables

This task must never be underestimated as poor cable management can very quickly lead to incorrect patch cords being unplugged and therefore causing downtimes as well as making finding issues terribly difficult. Make sure every patch panel and cable are clearly identifiable by a label. Choose a labeling solution that will not fall off after some time, or that becomes unreadable. For example, do not use thermal paper.



Organizing your cables

This is where your network and server rack get messy creating cable spaghetti! Trimming cables, or bundling excess cables together is the main cause for internal cable damage and escalating maintenance costs as well as the deterioration of installed hardware due to hardware overheating. Organizing cables is what the PATCHBOX does best! Providing you with the exact length of patch cord required and retracting any excess when needed, keeping your patch cables organized at all times. 

Simplify your IT with the PATCHBOX 

The PATCHBOX replaces conventional patch cords and cable management. Providing the exact length patch cord required, creating benefits such as accelerating rack maintenance and building an efficient and sustainable working environment by preventing cable spaghetti. Create an immediate visual logic in your network rack and replace faulty network switches in record time.

Find out more on the PATCHBOX. 

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23 December, 2020
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