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Although the Information Technology (IT) industry was once a system of reliable server rack standards, a generation new devices and ways of thinking have shaken up the industry. There are many different network devices with unique shapes and sizes either vying to be the next major standard or simply building what works best for their product. If you're dealing with a lot of different device types and don't want to buy multiple unique server racks and enclosures for them all, consider a few ways that a team of sheet metal fabricators can help.
Why Are Multiple Device Standards A Problem?
In a data center or any computer equipment room, free space is a much needed resource. It's not just about having enough room to put all of the equipment; servers, routers, switches and other network devices can generate a lot of heat, and if there isn't enough room for air to travel with lower temperatures, your systems may operate more slowly.
If you have to buy a new server rack to fit some random standard for a specific set of devices you need, the amount of free space can be taken up quite quickly. Multiple racks means less area for technicians to walk through, and can make equipment difficult to move as you test or repair different devices.
Using multiple, different types of racks can be an expensive waste of resources as well. Unless you fill out a full server rack with relevant devices, you could have a series of racks with only one or two devices. It's a waste of space and not an optimal use of funding.
How Can Sheet Metal Fabricators Help?
Before buying a specific rack for yet another device type, get the physical dimensions of the devices so that a team of sheet metal fabricators (like Legacy Restoration & Construction LLC) can build a rack for you.
The sheet metal fabricators will need not only the general shape and size of the device, but the location of ports in order to make sure that no physical connections are blocked by their design. They also need to know where the air vents and cooling vents are located in order to allow proper airflow and hopefully reduce the amount of dust that can settle on their customized racks.
Customized racks can be approached in many ways. One way would be to take the measurements of the largest device and design a rack that fits it. From there, shelves with trays that can be fastened down to smaller sizes can be used to accommodate the other devices.
Contact a sheet metal fabrication team to begin designing server racks that can hold more than just one or two different device designs.Share
25 June 2015