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What is a Server Rack?

A server rack is specially designed to store various networking devices, which can effectively organize, manage, and protect network equipment including servers, network switches, routers, UPS, storage devices, etc., ensuring the stable and reliable operation of equipment. Now server racks are widely used in server rooms, data centers, public places, etc.

Server Rack

Features of Network Rack

Reasonable structure

Network racks typically come in standard sizes, with the most common being 19 inch network cabinets. This enables network devices to be installed reasonably within the cabinet, in order to effectively utilize space and facilitate equipment maintenance and management.

Ventilation and heat dissipation

Network cabinets typically have ventilation holes and fans to ensure good heat dissipation and air circulation for network equipment during operation. This helps to maintain the stability and reliability of the equipment and extend its service life.

Cable management

The cable management system of the rack cabinet can provide convenient and clear cabling structure for various devices installed inside the cabinet through internal wiring slots, horizontal or vertical cable management.

Security protection

The front and side doors of a network rack can be locked to provide physical security protection for network devices. In addition, the cabinet can also provide dust, water, and shock proof functions to protect the device from external environmental factors.


Data cabinets are usually designed with future expansion needs in mind and can be easily expanded as needed to adapt to changes in network scale and technological upgrades.

Main Types of Server Racks

There are three main server rack types:

  1. Wall mount rack
  2. Server rack
  3. Open frame rack
  • Capacity: usually be made 4 – 22U
  • Appearance: open frame or enclosed cabinet
  • Ventilation ability: vented steel door, cooling fans are optional, good heat dissipation
  • Pros: mounted on walls, save floor space; easy installation and wiring; provide protection against dust and other hazards
  • Cons: limited space, cannot support much weight
  • Fit for installation: fewer network devices like network switches, routers, patch panels
  • Application: for small networks such as home networks or small office networks
Wall Mount Rack Application
  • Capacity: usually be made 24 – 47U
  • Appearance: Closed enclosure, various accessories are optional according to demand
  • Ventilation ability: vented steel door, mesh door, cooling fans are optional, good heat dissipation
  • Pros: larger capacity and load-bearing capacity; good dust prevention ability; front and side doors can be locked, providing better equipment security and physical protection
  • Cons: occupy a large space, higher price
  • Fit for installation: more and heavier network devices like servers, storage devices
  • Application: for large network locations that require higher security, such as server rooms and data centers
Server Rack Accessories
  • Capacity: usually be made 29 – 47U
  • Appearance: open frame composed of 2 / 4 posts, no side panels or doors
  • Ventilation ability: not enclosed, provide substantial ventilation capacity
  • Pros: easy access and management; provide plenty of open space for high-density cable management
  • Cons: low physical security and lack protection against dust
  • Fit for installation: network devices like network switches, firewalls, audio / video equipment
  • Application: for server rooms that require frequent device replacement and do not require physical security
Open Frame Rack

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