For a long time, when it comes to servers, we usually only care about the server's specifications, configuration, or performance, but few considerations about another component are equally important. It's a network cabinet. So what are network cabinets, what role do they have on the server? We will learn together shortly.
A server rack is a structure that is designed specifically to house technical equipment including routers, switches, hubs, and of course, servers. The rack makes it possible to securely hold multiple pieces of equipment in one area. Server racks are typically going to be used by businesses and kept either in data centers or communications closets.
Proper planning is essential for server rack installation, and it will pay significant long-term rewards. If you want to get the most out of your data center, it's essential to take the time to properly plan whenever you are adding server rack enclosures or any other new equipment.
Anyone who has managed a data center knows that one of the biggest challenges is cable management. Depending on the size of the data center, you can have thousands of feet of cable plugging into an almost uncountable number of ports throughout the facility. Without proper care, the cables can quickly get extremely tangled.
A patch panel is a piece of hardware with multiple ports that helps organize a group of cables. Each of these ports contains a wire that goes to a different location. Patch panels can be quite small, with just a few ports, or very large, with many hundreds of ports. They can also be set up for fiber optic cables, cat5 cables, RJ45 cables, and many others.
There are many challenges to installing the right server room racks and cabinets for your IT facility. If you don’t have a data center floor but have to focus on a small server room or back office or network closet, space in terms of footprint and ceiling heights can be challenging factors. These small data environments typically have less than ten or less server racks housing their servers, network hardware, telecoms and storage devices.
Most often than not, it is very difficult to differentiate between a network server cabinet from a server rack cabinet. This happens, especially when you plan to install a new network server equipment in the office or home. One important factor that makes them difficult to differentiate is that both network equipment looks the same in size, like 42U but still have their unique differences.