With so many different types of server racks and data cabinets on the market choosing the right server rack to buy for your data centre can be daunting. In this Guide to Server Racks and Data Cabinets, we look at the different options available and help you decide what cabinet matches your requirements when buying server racks.
EDP Europe supply a full range of server racks and data cabinets.
EDP Europe provides a wide range of server racks and data cabinets from leading manufacturers including Retex, Rittal and USystems. Our server racks and data cabinets are available in a range of sizes with a vast array of accessories. We also have the capability to work with you to provide a custom engineered enclosure. Whatever your 19” rack or cabinet requirement is, EDP Europe can provide you with the perfect solution to meet it.
So many terms for IT cabinets, what’s the difference between a server cabinet and a comms cabinet?
Searching for IT cabinets on Google can be daunting with so many search terms to look for, so what is the difference between a server cabinet and a comms cabinet?
The answer is not a lot. Both look similar and use the same 19” mounting posts for installing equipment into, both are available in similar widths and RU heights, but where they do differ is in the depths and load capacities. Server cabinets are usually deeper and available in 1000mm and 1200mm depths rather than the 600mm and 800mm depths of a comms cabinet. This is because the servers, UPS’s and other IT equipment is usually quite deep, there also needs to be room for the power strips to provide both the main power supply and the backup supply. Server cabinets tend to have mesh front and rear doors, whereas comms cabinets can have a vented plexiglass front door or even a solid metal door. This is due to the fact that server cabinets generate higher heat loads and require mesh doors to enable cold air to flow into the rack and exhaust through the rear door more effectively.
Computer racks, server & network cabinets and wall mounted cabinets.
EDP Europe offers a wide variety of computer racks, server & network cabinets and wall mounted cabinets from three leading manufacturers Retex, Rittal and USystems, as well as custom engineered bespoke solutions.
Retex specialise in flat packed computer racks offering the Logic2 and RetO. Sometimes, due to access restrictions computer racks need to be delivered flat packed and then built in situ. The Retex racks are purpose designed with this requirement in mind, utilising lightweight aluminium where possible, and steel where more durability is required. These racks are quick and easy to assemble whilst providing a fully featured and strong 19” rack. Rittal are one of the world’s leading server & network cabinet manufacturers offering everything from basic server and network cabinets to their TSIT rack that is highly configurable and can incorporate its on cooling system to provide a ‘data centre in a rack’ solution. USystems offer EDP Europe’s widest range of rack solutions that includes the 4210 server & network cabinet that is the building block for many of their rack solutions. They also provide a range of wall mounted cabinets often used in remote locations for housing networking equipment such as patch panels and network switches, as well as chimney racks that provide a direct air path for hot exhaust air to be extracted via a ceiling void.