Data centre racks can help you improve energy efficiency

What is a data centre rack?

Put simply, a data centre rack is a storage unit or shelving which is specially designed to house computer equipment and servers. Installing a data centre rack in a server room or store room offers a number of benefits; helping you save time, avoid faults and reduce the cost of your energy bills.

What are the benefits of installing data racks?

Unlike standard shelving or cupboards, data racks are designed to provide the air flow which servers and computer equipment need to ensure safety and energy efficiency. In addition, a well planned server rack helps to make carrying out repairs easier, whilst also enabling you to find what you need in a timely manner.


The majority of data centre racks have front and rear doors which can be made of mesh to ensure correct air flow. Racks and server cabinets are also available with removable side panels to further increase accessibility. If security is particularly important, racks and server cabinets can be purchased with lockable handles.

An important consideration when choosing which type of data rack or server cabinet to buy is the type of cooling system you use. Side panels, blanking options, separators and brushes are important for all types of cooling as they keep the mixing of air to a minimum and ensure that the equipment stored inside is working as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, a cable management system within a rack will allow hot air to flow freely out of the rack or cabinet. Grouping cables in the back of a cabinet will restrict air flow and can potentially impact upon the integrity of cables themselves, causing them to overheat.

What types of racks are available?

Network racks are designed to safely accommodate the requirements of a network infrastructure and will provide a central point for all cable storage. Secure racks are designed to help you improve security and are ideal for locations where data security is an important issue.

All businesses, requirements and locations are different and so it’s important to mention that a wide range of bespoke data centre racks and storage cabinets are available. To help you purchase the right rack or cabinet for you, it’s important to take into consideration both your requirements now and any potential future growth. Also, don’t forget to think about the level of security you need high security racks are probably inappropriate for many businesses.  Last and by no means least, consideration also needs to be made to the size of your server room or data centre, how it is kept cool and what type of ventilation systems you have in place.

Choosing a data centre rack can be confusing so with this in mind, the easiest and safest option is to contact a UK-based data centre rack supplier for further advice and guidance.

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