Server racks allow you to enjoy the benefits associated with a structured cabling system. Benefits that include a higher level of organization and easier access to cables for maintenance-related activities.
The best type of rack for your home data centre should be determined by a number of factors that aren't directly related to the cost of the rack. This article discusses a few of these factors so that you're in the position to make an informed decision.
Metal Server Racks For Bushfire Prone Areas
Server racks are primarily available in two materials. These are wood and metal. Racks made of wood tend to be more affordable than their metallic counterparts and are often seen as the most cost-effective route to an organized cabling system.
The initial cost of a wooden rack might be lower but its potential drawbacks are far too significant to ignore. Top on the list of these drawbacks is that wood has a high affinity for fire. In the event of fire outbreak within the data centre, a wooden cabinet will encourage rapid spreading of the fire across the room. Due to their non-flammability, metallic server racks will offer data cables a superior level of protection against fire. Wooden server racks might be the cheaper alternative. However, cheap is expensive, especially if you live in a locality that's prone to bushfires.
NEBS/IBC Tested Racks For Seismic Zones
The International Building Code (IBC) and the Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) have the responsibility of testing how resistant server rack cabinets are to potential seismic activity.
If you live in an area that commonly experiences seismic activity, you can't afford to buy a rack that doesn't meet the NEBS/IBC specifications in relation to seismic protection. Seismic protection is also important for data centres located in areas that experience frequent vibrations not necessarily related to seismic activity. Examples of these areas include suburbs located next to a busy factory/industrial centre or those adjacent to major highways.
Heat Removal Enclosures For Humid Areas
These are also referred to as thermal duct server racks. These racks are designed with a direct connection to the data center's exhaust system. This connection allows for the removal of hot air from within the rack enclosure and from within the larger data centre.
A heat removal enclosure would be most ideal for data centres located in areas that are known for their high levels of humidity outside.