Rack Selection Guide: 9 Key Points When Selecting Data Center Racks

Choosing the wrong rack/cabinet for your data center or engineering lab can be costly. What we have seen go wrong: Choosing open frames while trying to have a containment strategy Deploying 2-post and open-frame 4-post racks without having an airflow strategy Not having proper cut outs on the top panel or side panels for cables [...]

Challenges In High Density Rack Deployments

Rack densities continue to increase as customers look to optimize data center utilization and reduce costs. If you can go from 4 x 5 Kw racks to 1 x 17 Kw rack, why not? The savings in real estate and infrastructure (racks, rack power strips, connectivity) are significant. Back of the envelope calculation gave me [...]

Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Building Out Your Data Center White Space

When building out your data center white space, you only have one chance to get the physical layer right! 1) Don't assume all racks and cabinets are the same. I often hear that "any cabinet will do." While I understand that thinking, it's similar to saying that a sedan is the same as a truck [...]

Expend Less Energy and Stay Cool with Containment

Background and Challenge A Fortune 1000 company headquartered in San Jose, CA was looking to reduce energy consumption in their 2,500+ sq. ft. data center while keeping their cooling requirements intact. Having already implemented blanking panels in their hot and cold aisle layout, the next logical step was a containment solution. With the lack of [...]