Server computer cabinets are used to host different racks. Nowadays server computer cabinets are following particular standards in regards to sizing. In fact, the width is always 24 inches. It’s possible to find other sizes from companies that want to meet the particular needs of the customers. Having a cabinet can help you to organize all your equipment in a very tidy way.
The number of racks that can fit in a server computer cabinet mostly depends on the height of each rack. In particular, the height of a rack is dependent on the equipment that is supposed to fit in there.
The height of a rack is measured in “U”. A “U” corresponds to 1.75 inches. On the market, you will find server computer cabinets with different U numbers. A cabinet of 2U will be up 3.5″ (1.75 * 2) of rack height.
Air circulation is key
Server cabinets are going to host very powerful machines. The heating produced by a rack needs to be dispersed. All cabinets are perforated and this guarantees air circulation.
In particular, when choosing a cabinet, I would always consider which kind of equipment is going to be inside. Watt usage is a factor to consider. Machines that use a high amount of watt power will probably generate more heat. To increase air circulation in your cabinet you will need more perforated surfaces.
Some server computer cabinets offer the possibility to mount a glass door on the front. If air circulation becomes an issue you may decide to buy a server cabinet without a glass door. In extreme cases, you can go for a completely naked solution, which does not have side panels.
Which material to choose?
Material is important when we want to host very expensive stuff in our cabinet. Thus you need to be sure that the cabinet is solid and every piece is well assembled. If you go for a cheap cabinet, you will most probably end up being unsatisfied.
Some good suggestions
last update: 26 June 2020
NavePoint 4ft Open Frame 19 Inch 22U
This model comes with no side panels. The dimensions are 47″H x 23.5″W x 23.75″D. Supports standard 19″ rack-mount equipment.
NavePoint 22U Professional 4-Post IT
This model comes with no side panels. The dimensions are 47″H x 23.5″W x 31.5″D. It can host racks with a depth 12″ – 24.5″ (adjusts in 1.5″ increments).