A Brief Discussion on Network Rack Types
A network rack is a metal structure that stores, stacks, organizes, shelters, and safeguards various types of server hardware and computer network devices. They are called ‘network’ rack because they accommodate different network equipment such as models, access points, switches, routers, and more.
Network Rack Types
Depending on the kind of material they will hold, manufacturers produce a couple of different types of network racks. We’ll discuss only two of them:
As the name suggests, an open rack will keep the stored equipment exposed. So, they are used in applications where a high-level of protection for the equipment is not required. However, their open-frame design makes it easier to access and manage the stored equipment in comparison to enclosed cabinets.
Open racks are used to store and stack communication and laboratory equipment or network components.
These racks are suitable for areas where space is at a premium. Their unique feature is that they provide rear access to connections and equipment, which is not possible with most network cabinets or enclosures. Some models even have a rotating option to provide enhanced accessibility to the equipment.
Slide-out racks are suitable for cramped spaces, commercial mill work, and small systems in various residential applications. Most of the models have the space capacity of eight to 44 racks, so it’s possible to use them for housing many devices.
Specially designed for stable data storage, modular racks are compatible with high-density IT room environments. They ensure the maximum performance and safety of the equipment by providing design flexibility and an improved heat dissipation feature.
They are highly customizable and suitable for both horizontal and vertical orientations. So, they are the best solution for applications where frequent adjustment, expansion, and reconfiguration of equipment is required.
Wall Mount Racks
A network wall mount rack is suitable for applications where space is a limited commodity. They can be an alternative to open racks and full-size floor cabinets.
They free up valuable floor space and keep a room free from the clutter of messy cables and over sized clunky cabinets. They provide security for your network hardware and the swing-out wall mount models provides greater access for maintenance and adjustment.
Once you know about the network rack types, you should have some knowledge about the difference between racks and enclosures to determine which type will provide the best solution for your network devices.Both the products are used for keeping network hardware and accessories organized and accessible. However, a network rack is just a framework where the equipment is mounted, but an enclosure is a closed structure that can contain multiple racks.A network rack is more affordable and provides more accessibility and ventilation facility. On the other hand, a network enclosure provides more security and safety for your equipment.