At Express Data we are specialists in network infrastructure installations, repairs and mends in mission-critical environments.
In this blog we look at installing and repairing comms racks and cabinets and how Express Data’s rapid response team can support your network infrastructure & repair needs.
Installing and repairing comms racks and cabinets
Server cabinets, also known as data or comms cabinets, house a business’s IT, comms and security equipment. Servers and other IT equipment can be stacked in a comms rack to keep hardware organised and improve airflow.
What comms racks and cabinets are needed for
Comms racks and cabinets hold mission-critical equipment such as servers, patch panels, routers and switches.
Comms racks can also be used as monitoring points with screens and keyboards installed to control the flow of data through the servers, as well as adjusting cooling and humidity systems.
Express Data’s experts will work with you to design and select the best options for your business, with products available from a range of manufacturers.
Our data centre installation engineers are qualified to safely and securely install all server cabinets and comms racks.
As specialists in mission-critical environments, we will work quickly and cost-effectively to get you up and running without delay.
Different types of comms racks and cabinets
Comms racks and data cabinets come in different heights, widths, depths and form-factors, with prices ranging from low cost to premium.
The majority can house industry-standard 19” server and rack components such as patch panels and network switches. Rack units are usually abbreviated to “U”, which is the height measurement of standard network components. Small data cabinets usually provide capacity for devices from 1U up to 10U, while medium cabinets 11U to 25U and large network cabinets have a capacity from 26U to 47U.
There are three common types of racks: open-frame racks, rack enclosures and wall-mounted racks. While open-frame cabinets have better air flow for cooling, enclosed cabinets are more secure and better protect the components inside and can include environmental monitoring and IP enabled access control.
How do comms racks and cabinets go wrong?
Typical reasons why comms racks and cabinets go wrong include: temperature, which should be kept at 20C to 24C for best performance, and relative humidity, ideally between 45% and 55%. Too damp will result in condensation causing rust and short circuits, while too dry can lead to electrostatic discharge causing server malfunction.
Water leaks from office plumbing are responsible for a quarter of all data centre outages, while vibration can dislodge components and lead to corrupted hard drives. Poor cable management can result in pinched and tangled cables that disrupt airflow and cause outages.
Similarly, the lack of access control will result in mismanagement, poor patching and therefore difficult diagnosis of network connectivity issues.
Rapid response to fix faults
We understand you need maximum reliability to avoid the financial and reputational damage of failure.
At Express Data we partner with our customers to diagnose and fix faults faster, and we have a team of rapid-response field engineers backed up by specialist support ready to tackle the toughest challenges.
We can rapidly install, move and repair comms racks and cabinets in premises large and small across the UK.
From designing the best solution for your business to comprehensive aftercare and emergency call-out, Express Data are the network infrastructure installation, repair and mend specialists.
Contact us today on 0113 277 4111 or email email@example.com to find out how Express Data’s comms racks and cabinets installation and repair experts can keep your business running at maximum productivity.
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