The Advantage of Flexible, Easy-to-Use Data Center Racks

 

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The technology used in modern data centers is increasingly dense and heavy as companies seek to efficiently generate more computing power and performance from their IT infrastructure. Data center racks are growing in size to satisfy these demands.

Industry-standard specifications are 42U, 45U or 48U high, 24 or 30 inches wide, and 42 or 48 inches deep. While these measurements tell you the size of the rack, they don’t tell you how much usable space is inside the rack. As organizations attempt to leverage every inch of space, this information becomes vital.

With industry-standard racks built from sheet metal, IT managers know a 19-inch piece of equipment will fit, but uncertainty about available space for power distribution units (PDUs) and cabling often force them to purchase larger cabinets. This may provide enough space for cables and PDUs and adequate access to the equipment, but a rack that can deliver the same capacity while using less space in the data center has a lower total cost of ownership.

The technology in the modern data center is constantly changing and utilizing hardware and software from multiple vendors. As a result, efficient cable management and easy access to equipment are critical. The single-piece panels fastened with screws in most industry-standard racks make the servicing of equipment complicated and inefficient, putting an unnecessary strain on IT resources.

The unique construction and design of DAMAC’s Fastrack make it easier to use while providing more flexibility than competitive products.

  • Tubular steel construction offers 20 percent more usable space than traditional sheet metal racks, providing more space for cables and PDUs.
  • Removable top panels, side panels and doors make maintenance faster and easier on a fully populated rack.
  • Side panels are recessed into the frame of the cabinet, allowing for zero clearance coupling between cabinets without adding width to the overall rack footprint.
  • Cables can be easily routed above the cabinet through cable pass-through ports in the top panel.
  • Fastrack features the industry’s first rear coffin section for cables and PDUs.
    • Because it recesses into the cabinet frame, equipment can be accessed and serviced from the rear without unplugging power supplies or disconnecting cables.
    • Standard PDU mounting provisions on both sides of the coffin section are compatible with leading PDU manufacturers, including ServerTech, Geist and APC, and allow Fastrack to be configured to suit the equipment it houses.
    • The optimal bend radius of data cables is maintained with a vertical cable manager that has routing fingers set at each rackmount unit location. This can be installed on either side of the rear coffin section. A locking cover keeps cables in position during shipping.

Let us show you DAMAC’s FasTrak creates greater flexibility and ease of use without taking up more space in your data center.

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