While it may not occur to some business owners to incorporate a rackmount server in their operations, others who have done so have enjoyed its many benefits. Rack mounting is the process of organizing computer and network devices in a steel framework called a “rack,” which comes in several types. The two main types of racks are the closed-cabinet type and the open-frame type.
While the preceding explanation may sound a bit too technical, rackmount computers are just computers, particularly the central processing unit (CPU) that are enclosed in a specialized casing called “rackmount cases.” Depending on the size of the rackmount cases, the rack can fit up to 24 computers that are stacked one on top of another in slots called “bays.” The rackmount cases are measured in height in increments of 1.75 inches with 1U measuring 1.75 inches, 2U at 3.5 inches, 3U at 5.25 inches and so on. The following are the top five benefits of rackmount computers.
1. Better Protection
CPUs used to be a fixture in offices. However, you may have noticed fewer or none of them in some of the offices that you have visited. Chances are that these businesses may already have rack-mounted their computers. In busy offices, CPUs may get damaged from the usual office traffic.
Knocking a CPU, for instance, may cause damage to its sensitive components, particularly the hard drive where important client data is usually stored. An officemate may accidentally spill liquid on the CPU, which will fry up its board. Rack mounting your computers give them better protection since most of the time, the racks will be in a separate room.
2. Better Cooling
Rack-mounted computers are in a separate room with the cable connections to the office monitors, keyboards and mice running through the walls, ceiling or floor. Since CPUs generate heat, the racks need to be stored in a room where the temperature is kept low to cool them down efficiently. CPUs on top of or under office desks will likely not have the same efficient cooling system as their vents may be blocked by cubicle walls or the usual desk clutter.
3. Cleaner Environment
Dust, lint and insects can build up in CPUs, which causes a host of issues and may even shorten their service life. Apart from keeping the temperature low, the special rooms for racks are usually enclosed and are meticulously kept clean.
4. Less Office Clutter
Minus the CPUs and the tangle of cables, office desks will look more organized. Office personnel will likewise welcome the extra space on their desks.
5. Easier Maintenance
Having all the CPUs in one room will make it easy for your information technology personnel to conduct regular maintenance on them. Should one or more computers experience issues, they can work on them in the server room without having to interrupt the normal workflow in the office.
Perhaps the most notable advantage of having rack-mounted computers is that the setup will most likely extend their service life. This will make the initial upfront cost of incorporating rackmount computers worth it in the long run.