To oversimplify their functions, racks and cabinets are the shelves on which server and networking equipment is stored. Because servers and networks are critical to today’s business, and because of their unique operating requirements, Canovate Electronics server and network racks and cabinets are themselves hi-tech pieces of equipment that are engineered and tested for performance and quality.
The two main considerations in selecting a rack or cabinet are heat mitigation and cable organization. Servers tend to generate more heat than networks – and often will generate so much heat that it’s dangerous for the equipment if they aren’t properly cooled. Networks, on the other hand, tend to have greater needs for cable management at both the front and rear of the cabinet.
This isn’t to say that servers don’t need cable management or that networks don’t need heat mitigation. They do – and there are tradeoffs in the different designs that must be considered when selecting the right equipment for your servers and networks.
Another benefit that indoor cabinets have over racks is aesthetics. If the equipment is kept in an open office area, then most clients don’t prefer the exposed look of racks. Especially when housekeeping isn’t done regularly, the exposed cables, connections, and cooling fans can be both unsightly and noisy.