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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
What is “Standard”?
In days past we had standards on a lot of items. If you wore a size 9 shoe, you bought a size 9 shoe. Not all size 9’s are the same anymore. We get the same thing in the Rack Solutions industry as well.
When dealing with server rack technical support, we hear the term “standard rack” all the time. A customer will come to us with “I don”t know why my server won”t fit. I have a standard 19″ rack”. The problem lies in the fact that, although there is a document defining standardized 19″ racks, there are a lot of details left out of the specifications.
The standard is EIA-310.
What the EIA-310 Rack Standard does not include:
Here is a brief list of rack details not completely defined or addressed:
- Does the rack have 2 posts, 4 posts, or even 6 posts?
- How deep is the rack”s mounting depth?
- What is the thread type of the rack?
- Are the rack holes threaded, square or round?
- What is the shape of the rack upright: “L”, “C”, or “?”
- Are there obstructions between the front and rear posts?
- How much space is between the front door and the front post?
- How much space is between the rear door and the rear post?
Problem #1 – Rack Holes
Rack hole type is the number one reason for server and rack incompatibility. This is why we always recommend square hole racks. You can always add threads with a cage nut if you need them. Most modern server rails are designed for square holes. Only a few OEM rails are compatible with both round and square holes.
As an example:
- Dell”s RapidRails only work in square holes.
- Dell”s VersaRails work in round, non-threaded holes, but not threaded holes such as 10-32 or 12-24.
- Dell now has a combo rail that can switch between Rapid and Versa, but still does not work with threaded holes.
The solution is often to find a third-party rail for the server or use a fixed rail kit.
Problem #2 – Uprights and Obstructions
The second most common type of server and rack incompatibility is rack obstructions. The EIA spec does not address what the rack manufacturer does between the front and rear mounting posts. There are often additional flanges or other mounting features. These obstructions are notorious for colliding with the OEM”s slide rail and preventing the installation.
Again, the solution is often to find a third-party rail for the server or to use a fixed rail kit.
Problem #3 – Rear Door Collision
If we only had a dollar for every time we heard, “The server fits fine, except the back door of the rack won”t close”. This problem is caused by competition among the OEMs to fit as much technology as possible into a 1U or 2U server. They cannot make the box wider or taller, but they can make them deeper. And every year, the servers get even deeper until racks can no longer hold them. In the 1990″s, a 36″ deep rack worked great. In the early 2000″s a 39.37″ (1 meter) rack was the standard. Now racks are being sold as deep as 42″ and 44″ deep.
The solutions to this problem are limited, but there are a few (If only we had invented a “Rack Stretcher”).
- Sometimes the Cable management arms can be removed
- The back of the rail can be cut off (we do this all the time for Dell 1950 and 2950)
- Fixed rails can be used
- What is a 19″ Rack
- What is a Rack Unit (“U” or “RU”)
- What is EIA-310
- Wikipedia has an in-depth overview of 19″ racks
- Why all racks are not created equal
For more information or to try and stump our experts, visit Rack Solutions
Chuck Price knows what it feels like to be a CIO, and he has conversed with numerous other chief information officers about the topic of cloud computing. So, when Price set out to begin his own cloud computing operation, his focus was on making his IT infrastructure “for CIOs, by CIOS.”
Price is the CEO and President at Ajubeo, a cloud-provider that has started cloud-related business in Boulder, with the intention of assembling software, hardware (server racks, computers and the like), and networking tech aimed primarily at end users or those looking for IaaS cloud platforms. Ajubeo is funded by Grey Mountain Partners, a private equity business based in Boulder with over 400 million dollars in managed investments.
The name Ajubeo is taken from Latin roots, phrases which mean “beginning with strong relationships, mastery and order.” Price was previously employed at CoreSite Realty as the Technology VP and has acquired many other CoreSite Veterans for his new company. With all of the past experience in the new company, Price believes that Ajubeo's infrastructure and networking offerings will be the best option for CIOs who are looking to put their IT network on the best path.
“Ajubeo's inspiration came from challenges we experienced first-hand while leading enterprise IT departments for some of the most regulated organizations in the world,” said Price, who co-founded Ajubeo with another official from CoreSite, Tom Whitcomb. Ajubeo's self-stated mission is to furnish current-day IT executives with a high-security environment that increases overall company performance, starting with a thorough examination of current work conditions and looking forward based on the company's visions for the future. Ajubeo will then work with the company to provide a cloud platform that is made specifically for the needs that must be met to succeed as a business.
SingleHop, a prominent data center service supplier, has decided to open a new data center in Phoenix, Arizona. The planned data center will be managed by IO. IO is one of the foremost givers of cutting-edge modular facility technology and services. The business currently is the only North American extension for SingleHop. SingleHop can now give its consumers the choice to decide in which facility the client would prefer to house his hardware.
The new technology provided by IO gives the data center the ability to be able to hold up to 2,500 servers and equipment racks. The data center gives the company’s clients the ability to link with SingleHop’s services using 40ms of latency. SingleHop’s platform continues to function using cutting-edge automation which helps raise user control in the modular facility.
The company which will manage the Arizona data center, IO, is a business which provides data center infrastructure to some of the biggest corporations worldwide. The business maintains a large amount of facilities for consumers. IO is also constructing the cloud of the future for its clients. The company works hard to deliver the fastest service for its consumers worldwide. The business was the creator of the premier facility operating system, IO.OS. Its purpose was to give the maximum intelligent control required to have the most efficient resiliency and energy in data centers. The company has a main location in Phoenix.
SingleHop has customers in over one hundred different countries, has three major facilities, and controls more than ten thousand online servers. The enterprise gives cutting-edge instant infrastructure services for end-user and re-sellers mainly under periodic contracts. The company merges safety and ease in order to give solutions to a diverse set of corporations worldwide. The business continues to be a prominent giver of remote administration and availability when personal devices are being used.
If you have sensitive data on a server that needs restricted access, one option is a Secure Server Unit. The Secure Server Unit, or SSU for short, allows you to lock a 1U or 2U server within a rack, preventing access to anyone who doesn’t have a key. The front and rear doors may both be locked to help thwart tampering of hard drives or ports.
Each SSU requires 2 keys and 2 locks (they come with the unit). You can choose from 6 different lock and key combinations so that if you purchase more than one SSU, you can decide if you want the same key to unlock both units or if you prefer that the keys be different for each.
The SSU is shown below, first as an empty unit mounted in a 4Post server rack, then with a 2U server installed.
This Secure Server Unit requires a set of 2U Universal Rails to be installed along with the doors, lock assemblies and top cross bar. It takes up 3U of rack space, comes with all the required hardware, and it also includes zip tie mounts for securing cables in the rear. The
|Cisco’s UCS C210-M2 is available with 2 different tool-less slide rails. Both are 1U rails that will mount in 2 post or 4 post server racks, but in some cases, additional mounting hardware is required. See details in this article for more info. This rail kit is compatible as/is with two different types of tool-less mounting interfaces: 3/8″ square hole and 1/4″ round hole racks. The mechanism on this rail kit has a spring loaded sleeve that retracts for round hole racks. When installing in square hole racks, the sleeve stays in place and centers the mounting pins in the square holes. The mechanism wraps around the outside of the rack uprights and has a small latch to secure the rail in place.||
UCS C210-M2 (Version #1) rails mounted in a 2post rack using RackSolutions’ 2POST-2UKIT
UCS C210-M2 (Version #1) server mounted in a 2
How do you measure the width of your server to see if it will fit in a 2 post rack?
Since the Cisco Rails aren’t made to work with round holed, 4Post racks, you may have to use 4 Post Adapter Brackets to convert round holes to square ones. See below how a 2UBRK-200-FULL bracket was added to each post in order to rack the UCS C210-M2 in a round holed rack.
|Rail Version #1
Cisco P/N: KS PN – 3Q61-820APZZ0AA
Rail Version #2
Cisco P/N: KS PN – 3A61-737MPZZ0IN
In the event that you don’t have the rails that came with the
What do you do when you need OEM replacement rails for your server or rackmount equipment, and they are no longer available? Or what happens when your OEM rails don”t fit in your new rack? In many cases, your best option is to purchase a set of Universal Rails.
Frequently, rails made by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) have gone “end of life” and you simply can”t get them from Dell, HP, IBM or Cisco anymore. Even more often, your equipment rails won”t mount in the rack in the new data center or data closet. Your old rack may have had round holes, and the new rack has square ones. Your old rack”s mounting depth may have been shorter than your new, deeper rack. Or maybe there”s an obstruction that”s preventing the rails from installing the way they”re supposed to in the new rack. Before you rip down one of your rack”s 6 foot power strips and begin wielding it like a samurai sword angrily searching for the person who got you into this mess, remember there may be a much more acceptable solution to your predicament. Universal Rails may be the answer. Universal Rack Rails are typically designed more simply in an effort to overcome the majority of rack mounting”s common inconsistencies. They are equipped to install in racks with square, round or threaded holes. Their mounting depth is more flexible, accommodating both deep and shallow racks. And their simple design allows them to avert those annoying obstructions that cause you to shake your fist towards the sky screaming “Why? Why!”
Universal Rails are readily available for 4 post and 2 post racks, and they oftentimes come in tool-less models as well. Frequently, you”ll find versions of Universal Rack Rails that support different U-heights and various weight capacities. Because the simple design doesn”t include rotating ears, ball-bearing slides, or other elaborate parts, Universal server rails are typically much less expensive than OEM replacement rails, offering another reason to consider them when you find yourself in need of new equipment rails for your rack equipment. On the bottom/left, you can see a 2U Universal Rail mounted in a 4 post rack. On the bottom/right is the same 2U Rail with a Dell server installed. See .