What Is a Soundproof Server Cabinet?

Black Box Explains

Soundproof server cabinets (also called acoustic cabinets or soundproof server racks) are a cost-effective solution to host IT devices in populated environments like retail stores, offices or hallways and reception areas.

Noise from active IT equipment in a high-technology workspace or public area can increase stress and decrease productivity, leading to diminished profits. Sometimes, cost or space constraints may prohibit building and maintaining a separate server room. When locating noisy network equipment near workers or visitors is unavoidable, keeping the sound to a minimum is essential for optimum comfort, safety and productivity.

Soundproof server cabinets (also called acoustic cabinets or soundproof server racks) are a cost-effective solution to host IT devices in populated environments like retail stores, offices or hallways and reception areas.

Noise from active IT equipment in a high-technology workspace or public area can increase stress and decrease productivity, leading to diminished profits. Sometimes, cost or space constraints may prohibit building and maintaining a separate server room. When locating noisy network equipment near workers or visitors is unavoidable, keeping the sound to a minimum is essential for optimum comfort, safety and productivity.

Eight Advantages of Soundproof Server Cabinets

1. Reduce Environmental Noise Levels by 15 to 31 dB

Foam-lined soundproof server cabinets can reduce audible server and hardware noise by 15 dB to the same noise level as typical office background sounds. The best soundproof server cabinets can reduce noise by an incredible 31 dB, making noisy equipment whisper-quiet. Soundproof server cabinets with this superior level of attenuation are lined with heavy-duty, multilayer composite on all inside surfaces.

2. Achieve Optimal Server Room Temperature with Internal Heat Control

Acoustic cabinets protect expensive servers, network switches, UPSs and other pieces of IT equipment with a cleverly designed cooling system. Choose a soundproof server cabinet that can handle the required heat output and use temperature monitoring sensors to ensure maximum energy efficiency.

3. Active Cooling Dissipates Heat

Soundproof server cabinets with active cooling are ideal for servers or other IT devices. They feature variable speed fans on the rear doors to deal with increased heat loads in an energy-efficient way. Acoustic server cabinets with active cooling can dissipate up to 12 kW of heat load in a 42U cabinet.

4. Secure Your Network Devices

Lock up your soundproof server cabinets for security and peace of mind. Soundproof server cabinets come with separate locks for the front doors, side panels and rear fan panels to keep out unwanted intruders.

5. Save Space, Add Style

A soundproof server cabinet offers the advantages of a server room but takes up about a square yard on the floor. On the outside, acoustic cabinets are available in a range of finishes to look like furniture and match the aesthetics of your space.

6. Set Up Quickly and Easily

Acoustic soundproof server cabinets arrive fully assembled so you can get up and running faster. Make sure that the cabinets are shipped with load-bearing castors, so you can easily relocate them, even after filling with equipment.

7. Save Money

Soundproof server cabinets provide a cost-effective alternative to building and maintaining a server room by allowing you to reuse your existing office space and air conditioning system. When combined with our AlertWerks environmental monitoring system, they give you complete peace of mind that your servers are operating optimally — without a dedicated team of support staff.

8. Improve Server Acoustics

Choose an acoustic soundproof server cabinet that can hold all leading servers. For maximum versatility, the M6 rails should be adjustable and the enclosure should have generous space for cable management.

The Benefits of 31 dB Noise Reduction

As with all soundproof enclosures, the performance of the acoustic cabinet range depends on the ingenuity of the enclosure design and the acoustic material used to silence the maximum level of noise emitting from the enclosed sound sources. Noise is measured in decibels (dB). Attenuation indicates the amount of noise that is removed from the sound source.

Example: From a sound source with 69 dB noise load (equivalent to a vacuum cleaner three feet away), 31 dB attenuation would reduce the audibility to 38 dB (equivalent to soft speech). The noise level in an office environment can rank anywhere from 48 dB (average office without much talk) to 78 dB (busy office with lots of conversation). A soundproof cabinet with 31 dB attenuation can bring the noise of typing and HVAC down to a whisper.

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