Cables all over the place, servers taking up valuable office space, and other equipment scattered across the floor and on desks as space permits. Does this sound familiar? It’s a common scenario in the SME environment. Not only does it look untidy, but it can also be a serious hazard. Tidying up is not that complex a task. There are a number of ways of doing this, but one relatively simple solution would be to install a rack or reliable IT enclosure. Racks reduce the space taken up by various pieces of equipment, and ensure that this technology is kept safe in one place for optimal positioning and storage. They are also easy to install.
Having cables strewn across the office connecting servers, switches, UPS solutions and more is a typical SME office scenario. These cables present a hazard though, and your equipment could be damaged simply because it is in people’s way. And when it comes to power surges, if this equipment is scattered across various locations, it is impossible to use a single device for protection.
The installation of a rack, similar to those used in big data centres, can address all of these problems and ensure IT equipment is kept safe, cool and protected from dust and accidental damage while minimising the space requirements. Racks are now available that have been designed specifically for small offices and any non-IT space where there is no room, time or budget to build a dedicated IT zone.
These racks offer a cost effective, ultra-portable, secure, economic, plug-and-play IT solution – simply roll one into the office, put the necessary equipment inside, plug it in and close the doors. They can be soundproofed to create a ‘Server Room in a Box’, and offer a number of benefits, including the creation of a central, dedicated IT zone which prevents wasted space, and the silencing of noisy equipment through quiet enclosure solutions.
Racks are available in a variety of sizes, heights and widths to accommodate requirements, and can hold a variety of equipment, including UPS, servers, switches, firewalls and power distribution units (PDUs), ensuring that IT equipment is neatly packed and that cables are not in the way of human traffic. Extra cabling is not necessary, and installation is simple.
Units can hold up to 1200kg of equipment, and offer easy expansion with the addition of extra racks, allowing the IT space to grow with the business. Blanking panels allow for proper air flow and ensures that hot and cold air do not mix in the rack, providing optimum performance and protection of your IT equipment and , further securing IT investment.
A variety of accessories such as extra fixed and sliding shelves accommodate different sizes of equipment are available, along with cable organisers for added tidiness. Racks can also be locked, to prevent casual thieves from being able to easily steal equipment that is expensive and critical to the running of the business.
* Elrica Quick is APC Product Manager at Drive Control Corporation