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The rails on cabinets and racks typically come with one of three mounting options: 10-32, 12-24, or M6.
The 10-32 and 12-24 options are round holes found on drilled and tapped... more/see it nowrails. You’ll find 10-32 openings on cabinets, while 12-24 holes are more commonly found on relay racks and frames. However, exceptions do exist. It’s very important to find out which type of mounting option your equipment requires before you order a cabinet or rack.
M6 holes are square, rather than round. M6 rails were developed to hold rackmount equipment, and you will find them on most server cabinets.
What makes M6 rails so popular on server cabinets? They’re adaptable. With just one cage nut, you can change a square hole into a round one. That gives you much more versatility in your equipment and mounting choices.
If you have a wide array of equipment, such as rackmount servers, hubs, routers, and patch panels, your best bet is a cabinet with M6 rails. It will accommodate the rackmount servers, and the other equipment can be mounted on those same rails using cage nuts.
If you’re unsure what type of cabinet, rack, or frame is best for your application, contact the experts at Black Box Tech Support. They’ll be glad to help you find the right enclosure for your equipment. collapse
Blade servers are hot. Really hot. These slim, high-powered CPUs generate heat like nothing you’ve ever installed in your data center before—a rack of blade servers can generate more heat... more/see it nowthan an electric oven! And as temperatures rise, servers may fail, leading to downtime and even data loss.
Needless to say, blade servers present
a cooling challenge. If you plan to install them, you need to make sure you can accommodate their cooling needs.
Computer rooms have special equipment such as raised-floor cooling systems to meet their high cooling requirements, but it’s also important to ensure that cabinets used to house blade servers provide adequate ventilation—even in a cool room, hot spots can develop inside cabinets if air distribution is inadequate.
If you’re planning to install blade
servers or other high-density components
in cabinets, look for a cabinet with fully perforated doors in the front and rear—
the greater the amount of perforation,
the more cool air can be delivered to the components.
Don’t overload the cabinet by trying
to fit in too many servers—75% to 80%
of capacity is about right. Leave at least 1U of space between rows of servers for front-to-back ventilation. And finally, ensure all unused rack space is closed off with blank panels to prevent recirculation of warm air back to the front of the cabinet.
If you need help calculating your system’s cooling needs, contact our FREE Tech Support.
QuietCab cabinets are acoustic IT enclosures that are perfect for applications where space, noise, and appearance are a concern. Their attractive, furniture-like design fits right into areas like offices, conference... more/see it nowrooms, medical practices, schools, and retail establishments. An acoustic foam lining reduces audible server noise by about 15 dB, and integrated fan panels ensure that the cabinets keep your equipment cool. collapse
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