“A rack is a rack” is simply not the truth. While there may be a large variety of racks that seemingly have the same black finish, ready to equip a standard 42u of equipment, and include screws or casters, simply not all racks are made the same. Various depths, cable management features, adjustable rails, rail type, weight capacity, restricted access, type of assembly, all of these are important factors in selecting a server rack.
In many cases your application might have special needs, whether it’s unique extra space for a cable drop or perhaps sound proofing or an air conditioner for your hot server rack equipment. The important part is to start with the basics and determine the height, width, depth, and rail type (Universal Square Hole, 10-32 Tapped, etc.) you need while always factoring in future growth. After the basics consider the features you might need including cable management, fans, door types, and weight capacity for the equipment you intend to install.
Basically our tip is to do adequate research and spend the proper amount of time spec’ing out the server rack as you would any other piece of equipment. If you need help finding a particular server rack, we have a catalog of options for virtually any environment. Talk to an expert at Rackmount Solutions by calling 1-800-352-6631 or by completing the contact us form below.