Guidelines for Installing Server Racks
Server rack installation in your data center can be complicated. Thorough planning and thoughtful preparation are both key components for ensuring a successful, hassle-free installation experience.
The following are essential guidelines when preparing an installation or data center move.
Make a plan: Which coworkers will be impacted by a server rack installation or move? Collaborate with them so they can schedule their projects accordingly.
Anticipate possible expansion: During the server rack installation, consider leaving some unoccupied space. You might need to add more equipment in the future as your business grows.
Tag all equipment: Carefully label all racks, servers, and other equipment before the move. These details will save time and costs.
Make a supplies list: Part of pre-planning should include compiling and purchasing a list of necessary materials like tools, screws, cage nuts, and washers. Have plenty on hand so you don’t run out during the installation itself.
Test the ventilation: Take into consideration airflow when mapping out your server rack installation. Server equipment runs hot, so be sure it can properly vent.
Organize cables: using shorter cables will keep your server racks tidy and easier to maintain. If you must use longer cables, take up the slack with ties.
Ensure easy removal: Removing equipment from the site can be a significant part of the project. Consider the size and weight of the equipment as well as complying with decommissioning, destruction and e-waste specifications.
A combination of thorough preparation and well-executed installation will lead to the best result. A successful server rack installation has many benefits such as having improved airflow within the cabinet, facilitating rapid installations and modifications of equipment within the rack, and maintaining high-quality network connectivity.
At Silverback Data Center Solutions we have the expertise to assist you with any part of your project or an end-to-end solution. Give us a call to discuss your needs.