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Why You Should Have a Rack Mount Server

Feb 11, 2008
Have you ever considered buying your own server? There are lots of benefits that come along with having one, and lots of expenses as well. If you are seriously looking at buying servers, I assume you are already acquainted with the cost of having and running one. What you most likely are not familiar with is some of the technical and hardware issues you will likely face when you own your own server, which is why I suggest you look into getting a rack mount server. This type of computer will make your first server ownership experience easier.

Before I plunge into all the nitty gritty details and exact benefits of rack mount servers, you need to understand just exactly what one is. A rack mount server is a device on a computer, or on a particular network, that is used to manage network resources quickly and easily. Rack mount servers are systems in a modern server used for mounting various kinds and sizes of electronic modules. Think of it as your spice cabinet, where you can easily trade parts in and out as you need. If you need to set or pack a number of personal computers into a much smaller space, having a rack mount server will make it a cinch.

Rack mount servers are commonly used across different parts of the world for a number of purposes. They are usually found in companies based heavily on technology, such as multimedia and television companies that use video editing suites, computer animations and other three-dimensional applications. Rack mounts like these are also used by major and minor internet service providers (ISPs), in the communications industry with cellular phones and voice over internet protocol (VOIP), LAN houses, and webhosting providers. A rack mount server is designed to fit into an open PC or in a closed cabinet. The biggest advantage beyond the ease of use is the incredible amount of space that will be saved.

The ability to keep the rack mount server inside a cabinet is also an enhanced way of keeping your server secure. You can protect your server from climate issues, dust, pests, accidents, and so forth. Rack mount servers are available in a wide variety of sizes depending on their height and configurations. The most common sizes are 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U, 5U, 6U, and 7U, as per the definition of the Electronic Industries Association (EIA). Verify exactly what your necessities are to make the right choice in size.

The most important issue you need to consider is ventilation. It won't do you any good to get a fresh rack mount server and use it in a poorly ventilated area. Heat will be a major concern and the last thing you need with your first server experience is a meltdown. If you choose to store your computer in a cabinet, consult a professional about the optimal ventilation system and how to maintain your server functional under the conditions you plan to impose upon it.
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Terry Fitzroy is a professional writer specializing in Onsite Backup and Backup Solutions To learn more about Data Backup visit www.ArmorDataSystems.com
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