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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