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What A Server Cabinet Is Used For

Jul 17, 2008
Networkers and computer professionals will all be familiar with server cabinets, especially as they hold together computer servers and keep them stored away efficiently. Offices are good place for server cabinets to be used, as a way of keeping all of the servers stored away efficiently, keeping them tidy and cool. The main purpose of a server cabinet is to ensure the servers are kept cool, stored in way that it is accessible for installations and maintenance, and help to reduce noise output.

Think of like a bunch of servers all stacked up onto each other, then enclosed in a state of the art server cabinet. These can be seen in many businesses, security offices and computer companies in a separate room or server cupboard. Server cabinets are typically available in a standard 600mm to 800mm width, and 900mm to 1000mm depth. They can also be available with a secure locking system, so the servers will be secure from theft and vandalism.

The cabinets can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you are able to fit the desired amount of servers in one cabinet. Co-Location server cabinets allow users to share between each other, further allowing good management of the cabling for maintenance and commissioning. The servers can be accessed through a doorway access from the front or the rear of the cabinet. These can also come open top, sliding side panel, mesh or glass front door and mountable profiles.

Most good quality and strong cabinets can be typically found in large data centres (purposely built for holding masses amount of data onto different servers), in which some cabinets are now able to cool the systems down without having a dire impact on the environment. Traditional cooling methods use a fan, which uses up a lot of energy. Newer methods involve a liquid cooling method as opposed to a fan. Using air conditioning tends to use up more energy in year than any other energy consumption devices.

Using a cabinet liquid cooling device is much more expensive than using air conditioning and fans, however, they are far more effective and beneficial than traditional methods for reducing carbon footprint emissions. Another way of being energy efficient in server rooms and data centres is through good cable management. Stray cables could easily restrict cooling vents and ducts. This reduces energy costs and ensures energy efficiency.

Even though they appear somewhat unessential to certain establishments, they are one of the most important features for many server rooms and centres. They help to keep every server in its place and prevent a disorganised maintenance facility.
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Anna Stenning is very knowledgeable on server cabinets having seen how they are useful for data centres.
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