Rackmount Accessories

by Jerry Townson 22. October 2013 19:47

If you’re setting up or maintaining your data center, you know there’s much more to it than the actual servers. The servers are vital, but they don’t do you much good without accessories. Choosing the right cabinets, keyboards, displays, cables, and other add-ons can ensure that your system is configured precisely for your unique needs. When it comes to rackmount accessories, the right tools for the job can mean the difference between a network that’s a well-oiled machine and one that’s a headache to manage. 

First, you need the right rackmount cabinet. Be sure to select a cabinet that has enough space for your needs, especially if you plan to expand your network later and need some space to grow. Check to make sure the frame is sturdy and well-made, and if there are shelves, check them for strength, too. If the rack cabinet has doors or panels, make sure they’re vented so that the servers don’t overheat.

Keyboards are next. Your rackmount keyboard should come with a tray that takes up the least amount of space on the rack (1U is ideal) so that you can place it wherever you need it. Check the sort of interface you need before making your choice so that your keyboard will actually work with your equipment. Beyond that, do you prefer a keyboard/display unit that comes together, or do you like your components to be separate? Would you like a mouse, touchpad, or trackball set up? Do you want your rackmount keyboard to be lockable when not in use?

What about your display? LCD displays come in a variety of options, from versions that can slide into a 1U space, to large and bright 19” screens with a rack height of 8U.

Cables and other add-ons are details that can be easily forgotten, but can make all the difference among your rackmount accessories. Consider rack-mountable power strips, cooling fans, connector cables, and even filler plates that can cover the spaces you’re not using. Added shelves and drawers can customize your rack to work better for your purposes, battery backups can save you in a power outage, and even the right nuts, bolts and screws can ensure that your servers are as secure and safe as they can be. Be sure to plan for all of the small-but-critical details when you’re building your network out.

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Small Form Factor Case

by Jerry Townson 7. October 2013 20:15

For those who want computing power that occupies less space on a desk or shelf, the small form factor case is ideal. Small form factor computers give you plenty of storage and processing speed for your important tasks, but they don’t waste space with add-ons and components that you may never use. They are lightweight and often sleek and modern in design. Depending on your unique computing needs, a small form case may be your best choice.

Small form factor machines weren’t very popular among the public until 2005, when Apple introduced its Mac Mini; since then, many PC manufacturers have introduced small form factor systems that vary in size (micro, mini, nano and even pico) and shape (shoebox, cubic, and mini-tower “bookshelf”). Despite the variation in how the category is defined, small form factor computers share certain characteristics, such as relatively low prices, efficient power usage and, of course, a size that is far smaller than a standard desktop PC case.

Small form factor PCs are great for use at LAN parties and for home theater setups since they are portable and unobtrusive; some of these machines even come with built-in handles for added carrying convenience. This type of computer is also perfect if you need powerful computing for your rackmount system but space is at a premium. Small form factor case options for rackmount setups include more than enough processing power and all the necessary drives and outputs you may require, yet they can be just 13 inches deep, ensuring as little space as possible is wasted.

Note: When selecting a small form case, it’s also important to consider the right power supply for your situation. Some power supplies are designed to run quite efficiently and take up very little room, so if your rackmount computing setup is tight, you should look into a power supply that’s up to the task. 

Contact us today with any questions regarding small form factor cases.