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Server Cabinets

Server cabinets up to 47U with perforated hex mesh doors for enhanced air flow, door handle and lock choices, size and colour options. Our server cabinets are attractively styled, with a rugged structure powder coat paint finish with a matt black or light grey finish as standard. Other paint colours are available along with a bespoke manufacturing service.

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Server Rack Cabinet Guide

Server room cabinets are typically nineteen inches (19inches) wide and referred to as 19inch server rack, 19inch server racks or 19inch racks. This is an IT industry standard to which rack mount devices and systems are designed in order to allow a server cabinet to house a range of IT, power and cooling equipment.

When ordering cabinets they can be supplied in kit-form (flat-packed) for assembly on site or as completely assembled units. If you order a server cabinet in kit-form our projects team can provide an assembly service onsite.

If you order a fully assembled server cabinet, please ensure the cabinet will fit through your doorways and into the space you have allocated within your server room or datacentre environment. 800mm wide cabinets are generally too wide to pass through standard doorways.

Please let us know if you need a site survey and this is recommended if you have standard doorways and/or need to consider lift access, stairways or hard to get to locations.

Cabinet Dimensions

Our standard range cabinet depths include 900, 1000 and 1200mm with widths of 600 and 800mm. The maximum internal depth usage is typically 770mm on 900mm deep cabinets, 870mm on the 1000mm deep cabinets and 1070 on the 1200mm deep cabinets.

All heights typically include castors (60-70mm) dependent upon the U-size of the cabinet. 1U is equal to 1.75inches or 44.45mm.

Custom Built Server Enclosures

Server racks provide a uniform way to house IT servers, network devices, power and cooling products including rack mount UPS and fan trays, in a standardised metal cabinet. A standard server rack is typically either 800mm or 600mm wide and is designed to house a 483mm (19 inch) wide device and will have a depth which can range from 600mm to 1200mm. The height of the rack is measured in U where 1U=44.45mm and will generally range from 9U to 47U.

The struts or uprights of the cabinet have square holes into which cage-nuts can be inserted to allow the securing of slide rails or trays. Rack slide rails are ideal where the device to sit inside the server rack is designed for this arrangement including slide-out weight considerations. Metal trays that secure to the metal struts provide a suitable alternative for both smaller devices that may not be available in rack mount design and/or heavier weights.

Once installed into the server rack, the rack mount device is generally secured to the cabinet’s front struts using bolts and the cage nuts. The same arrangement can be used for the rear of the cabinet and the most commonly installed and secured devices here are power distribution units, running either vertically or horizontally.

An open frame server rack is one where there are no side panels or front or rear doors. A closed rack or cabinet is one with the side panels attached, and a front and rear door arrangement. Front and rear doors may be drilled to improve air flow, which generally runs from the front of the cabinet to the rear of the rack.

Using a standardised approach allows server rooms to custom build their server racks to accommodate the equipment required. When there is more than one used, the racks or cabinets can be arranged into rack rows. This type of arrangement helps to improve energy efficiency as all the cabinets face the cold-aisle into which air-conditioned air is supplied and vent this to the rear facing hot-aisle.

Standard cabinets are available in a matt black or goose grey finish. Other colours are available for datacentre operators that want to either use colours to indicate A and B arrangements or simply to use a different corporate colour.

Bespoke Cabinets and Racks

Please let us know if you need a bespoke cabinet design or would like us to quote for a modification to one of our standard racks or cabinets. Our UK manufacturing partner can tailor our cabinet ranges with modifications to suit your project requirements in terms of access, cabling, cooling, colours or other custom requirements.

For more information on our server cabinets and enclosures range please contact our projects team.