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Server Rack Enclosure Features

July 15th, 2014

Below is the display of the features for a 4 Post enclosed server rack:

Every rack manufacturer has different features for their server racks. The rack shown in this video can be found at RackSolutions.


4 Post Rack Assembly

June 17th, 2014

Below is the assembly of a 4 Post open frame server rack:

The rack shown in this video can be found at RackSolutions.


Tool-less shelf Install

May 14th, 2014

Here is the installation of a tool-less sliding shelf into a 4Post square hole rack:

The shelf used for this install can be found at RackSolutions.


Ask Katrina- 2Post Universal Rails

April 30th, 2014

In this segment of Ask Katrina, she answers FAQ about 2Post Universal Rails:

Question 1: I ordered the 3UKIT-009 and I received 2 boxes. I don’t understand what the box with the black pieces is for?

Answer: Here is our 3UKIT-009. The black pieces that the customer is referring to are our Conversion brackets that come with our 2U and 3U size options, to support the extra weight. First, install the conversion bracket pieces to the same side to both of the rack uprights. For Flush Mount install both on the back of the 2Post Rack. For Center Mount install both on the front of the 2Post Rack. Then install the rails into the conversion brackets and rack just as if this was a 4Post rack.

3UKIT-009 http://www.racksolutions.com/2-post-rack-rails.html

Question 2: I have a Dell Poweredge R200 and I want to center mount it into a 2Post Rack but I don’t have a rail kit. Do you have a rail kit for this situation?

Answer: Our universal rails work will all rack mountable equipment. This is a 1U server so you would mount this with our 1UKIT-009.

1UKIT-009 http://www.racksolutions.com/2-post-rack-rails.html

Question 3: I have a 4U server that I want to center mount into my 2Post rack. Do you have any options for a server that large?

Answer: As long as your 4U server does not exceed 200 lbs, our 3UKIT-009 will work. The choices of different rail kits are mainly based on how much your server weighs. Our 1U has a 45lb weight capacity, 2U has a 75lb weight capacity and our 3U has a 200lb weight capacity.

3UKIT-009 http://www.racksolutions.com/2-post-rack-rails.html

If you have any technical questions like the ones Katrina has answered today please let us know. You can call send us an email (info@server-racks.com) or use technical support chat at racksolutions.com. All of the items that have been discussed today can be found at racksolutions.com.


Cage nut Installation

April 16th, 2014

Here is the installation of a cage nut into a square hole rack:

For more info about cage nuts see Define:Cagenut? The tool used for the installation is the Cage Nut Tool from RackSolutions.

Ask Katrina- Adapter Brackets

April 9th, 2014

In this segment of Ask Katrina, she answers FAQ about Adapter Brackets:

Question 1 My rails won’t work in my 4Post rack because the rails are too short. Do you have anything that would allow them to work?

Answer: For demonstration we have a 2UBRK-200-FULL. We do offer several different depths of brackets that will work depending on your situation. In this particular case we can use the 2.00” bracket to fill the space between the back of the rail and the back of the rack.

2UBRK-200-FULL http://www.racksolutions.com/2u-adapter-brackets.html

Question 2 The rails that came with my server don’t work because my rack has threaded holes and my rails require a square hole. Do you have any options?

Answer: For this problem you can use our 2UBRK-059-FULL. The reason that we use this bracket is because the depth of our rack is correct but we need to convert our holes from threaded to square. For this situation we can use our smallest bracket. Using this bracket will NOT add extra depth to your rack making your rails stick out of back.

2UBRK-059-FULL http://www.racksolutions.com/2u-adapter-brackets.html

Question 3 The rails that I am using are to long for this rack. Do you have anything to extend my rails?

Answer: Let’s say that your rail is 2 inches to long. Again we would use the 2UBRK-200-FULL with our 2U rail kit. This part allows your rail kit to function properly by providing the extra length for your rack.

2UBRK-200-FULL http://www.racksolutions.com/2u-adapter-brackets.html

If you have any technical questions like the ones Katrina has answered today please let us know. You can call send us an email or use technical support chat at racksolutions.com. All of the items that have been discussed today can be found at racksolutions.com.

Dell Optiplex 790 SFF and Optiplex 9010 SFF Wall Mount

March 14th, 2014

Server-Racks was asked if there are any wall mounting options for the Dell Optiplex 790 SFF and Optiplex 9010 SFF? Rack Solutions has wall mount products for this purpose. The part numbers are 104-2324 (for tilting monitor) and 104-2323 (for fixed monitor). Below is a video showing the installation.

This is the Dell Optiplex Small Form Factor wall mount from RackSolutions. This wall mount is compatible with several Dell Small Form Factor units, which are listed below.

The monitor mount is compatible with most VESA hole patterned monitors, a standard Dell monitor, and is sold with the option of having the monitor tilt up and down, designed to best meet your needs.
Installation of the Dell OptiPlex SFF Wall Mount is quick and easy with 4 screw mounting points and drywall anchors. All required mounting hardware is included.

Compatible PCs
Optiplex 7010SFF
Optiplex 9010SFF
Optiplex 3010SFF
Optiplex 3020SFF
Optiplex 7020SFF
Optiplex 9020SFF
Optiplex 3010SFF
Optiplex 790SFF

Ask Katrina-Reducer Brackets,2POST-2UKIT,Sliding Keyboard and Dell R720 Rails

February 27th, 2014

We have a NEW way of answering some FAQ. Below is a segment called Ask Katrina:

Question: I have a 2 post rack and we are trying to install a UPS that already has the ears to attach to the rack. The problem that I have is this 2 post rack is 23″ wide. I am looking for some way to make the existing ears that I have work with my rack. Do you have anything that would work like that?

Answer: A standard 2 post rack is 19” in width. Like the one I have here today. However, there are 2 post racks that are either 23 or 24 inches wide. Since this is a problem that we have been faced with several times we developed a reducer bracket display part number on screen 2UBRK-23J-PAIR to solve this problem. These brackets will allow 19” equipment to mount in a 23” or 24” width rack. You can find this part is at racksolutions.com.
2UBRK-23J-PAIR http://www.racksolutions.com/reducer-brackets.html

Question: I want a sliding keyboard tray for my 2 Post rack. Do you have anything like that?

Answer: We do offer a solution for this situation and it will require 2 part numbers. The first part would be our 2POST-2UKIT. This will convert your 2post rack into a 4 post rack. Then, you will be
able to use your 2 post rack like a 4 post rack. Then simply attach our sliding keyboard display part number on screen 1UKYB-126 as if it were being installed into a 4 post rack.

1UKYB-126 http://www.racksolutions.com/rack-mount-keyboard-tray.html
2POST-2UKIT http://www.racksolutions.com/2post-center-mount-brackets.html

Question: I am having a problem mounting a Dell PowerEdge R720 in a non-Dell Rack?

Answer: Rack Solutions has designed a 3rd party sliding rail kit for the R720.This rail kit works in any hole type and has an adjustable mounting depth. Our rail kit works in a 2 Post or 4 post rack. For demonstration we have center mounted our rail kit to show its versatility. The part number on our website is 122-2580 and this comes with all the hardware needed to mount this rail kit.

122-2580 http://www.racksolutions.com/dell-r720-slide-rails.html

If you have any technical questions like the ones Katrina has answered today please let us know. You can call send us an email or use technical support chat at racksolutions.com. All of the items that have been discussed today can be found at racksolutions.com.

What To Consider When Purchasing Data Center Racks & Cabinets

November 27th, 2013

Rack Solutions is often asked by our customers, from small office IT departments to large data centers, what they should consider when purchasing racks and cabinets. Katrina sat down with Rodger Baldwin, Executive Account Manager at Rack Solutions to ask him some questions on this topic.

Q: What are the most important features buyers need to look for when purchasing new data center racks and cabinets?

A: There are several features that buyers should look for when purchasing new data center racks and cabinets. The most important include size of the cabinet/rack and airflow. Buyers should take into consideration the height, depth and width of the cabinet before making a purchase. Spending a little time researching this information can save tremendous expense down the road when adding servers and other equipment to a data center facility.

Airflow capability of a rack/cabinet is also a key factor to take into consideration. Whether or not you are using hot/cold aisles, the cabinets should always meet or exceed the requirements of the equipment being installed.

Q: What are some of the most common mistakes buyers make?

A: A common mistake buyers can make when procuring cabinets for a DC, is failing to adequately layout out the floor plan to determine the size of the cabinets required. If planned accordingly, buyers can maximize the square footage per rack by reviewing the floor plan layout prior to purchase, and choosing cabinets that have just the right width and length to maximize space and efficiency.

Q: What newer trends should buyers look for?

A: One of the trends we are seeing in DC Cabinet requests is the need for a wider, deeper cabinet. We have clients asking for 30″ wide and 48″ deep cabinets. As the market turns to a cloud based data center, there is more of a need for wider cabinets to accommodate the growing size of servers as well as the need for extra cable and airflow management. The wider cabinets allow for better airflow for the equipment that is mounted in the cabinet.

Please visit http://www.racksolutions.com/server-racks to see our wide selection of server rack products. To get information on the Rack Solutions line of Data Center Racks, call 1-888-903-7225.

Rack Solutions 16U Office Cabinet featured in Processor magazine

November 12th, 2013

Rack Solutions latest server rack product, the 16U Office Cabinet, is featured in the latest issue of Processor magazine as one of the featured products.  Below is the excerpt from the magazine:

“Small businesses and branch offices with in-house IT departments but no dedicated data center space or network closet often face unique problems. Among them is the need to find cabinets that can securely house servers and other equipment, yet fit in with an office environment.

RackSolutions had those needs in mind when it developed its new 16U Office Cabinet, said Rodger Baldwin, executive account manager. “Small businesses need a cabinet that provides full security, but they do not necessarily have room for a full size data center cabinet,” he says.

The compact 16U size means the cabinet can fit into small spaces, but it doesn’t sacrifice quality or features. It has front and rear lockable doors with large perforation to optimize air flow. In addition, while the doors on many cabinets only open 90 degrees, the doors on the 16U Office Cabinet swing to a full 180 degrees, making it much simpler to install or remove equipment, especially in tight spaces. Baldwin explained.

The cabinet’s construction includes security features that exceed the requirements of larger data center cabinets including secure cabinet side panels, and a latch with a key lock. Other standard features include vertical cable management bars and casters for easy portability.

As with all racks and cabinets from RackSolutions, the 16U Office Cabinet is extremely versatile with a weight capacity of 1200lbs and square holes for rack mounting, Baldwin confirmed. Additional options include added security in the form of a combination or biometric lock, add-on shelves, rails, drawers and KVMs. The 16U Office Cabinet is a practical solution that provides just enough cabinet to get the job done in small office environments!”

To learn more about the 16U cabinet, click on http://www.racksolutions.com/office-cabinet.html