With remote work and the Internet of Things on the rise, data centers are growing in demand all the time. If you need to expand yours, you will need to have the right equipment, and you will need to set it up correctly. So, how do you find the right racks and enclosures for you to start your expansion?
Below, we list some of the things you will need to think about before investing in new racks and enclosures in the next year. Make sure to read through and check you have given enough thought to each point before moving on.
How Much Do You Intend to Grow?
IT racks are not always cheap. Depending on the ones you pick up, you might balk at investing a lot of money into them to get high-quality racks that fit your servers. As your data center network grows, though, expanding your enclosures is not optional.
Make sure you know how much you plan to grow and how fast. That way, when you plan you can consider this when it comes to budgeting. You can investigate racks that match what you can invest and ensure you stay within your planned budget.
Can They Support Your Equipment?
Any enclosure cabinets you buy should do two important physical things. First, your equipment must fit within them, so it does not overflow and you do not need to place anything somewhere it should not be. Then, you need to ensure the cabinets or racks can support the physical weight of what you want to install in them.
Ensure you do not have equipment that is too heavy for the racks you buy. The last thing you want is for your racks to receive damage from loads they were not made to accommodate. This could end up as a very costly mistake.
Choose Vendor-Neutral Racks
When planning the physical infrastructure of your racks, think about who you want to buy your equipment from. First of all, see if you can avoid buying vendor-specific enclosures. If you buy racks and enclosures specific to one vendor, you might find yourself locked in with them forever moving forward.
By picking up vendor-neutral racks you can have many more options when choosing what to use. They may not always fit all parts, but they will not lock you down in a specific direction either.
The Right Racks and Enclosures For You
With the above information in mind, you should now have the ability to plan for picking up the perfect racks and enclosures for your needs. You might still want to know a bit more, to know you are making the right decisions, though. This is where our expertise comes in.
Our people can talk to you about your plans and advise you on how you should move forward. Our services can take all the weight off your shoulders and improve your IT network as you grow. Contact Communications Solutions, Inc. today to learn more.