Rack servers, also known as rackmount servers, are low profile servers that mount to a frame or enclosure called a rack. Racks incorporate cable management features and can also include cooling and power for multiple pieces of equipment. Rackmount servers range in size from 1U to 7U. A "U" is equal to 1.75 inches and refers to how many units the server takes up in a rack.
A computer rack server is a good choice if you already have a rack, or plan to purchase additional rack mountable equipment. In addition to the rack, you may also need to buy rack server accessories.
Like any server, rack servers must meet the present and future demands of your network and business. Be sure to:
1. Choose the right configuration for your computer rack server
2. Get the level of support you need
3. Buy rack server equipment and accessories that can grow with your business
Choose the operating system and hardware configuration of the network rackmount serverRack servers must be configured with the necessary processing power, memory and hard drive space. A lower-end server can handle simple tasks like file sharing and network management. Application, web and database servers require more processing power, memory, and hard drive space. If you want the operating system pre-installed, you'll need to choose which one you want.
Determine what type of support and management you needIf you don't have an IT team or service provider, make sure you get a server that is pre-configured and includes comprehensive support and remote management.
Buy the serverOnce you've decided on a configuration, compare prices from various rack server providers and purchase the rack server.
Purchase a server rack and accessoriesYou can buy a rack for servers from the server manufacturer or other sources. Racks generally are sized from 14U to 48U. Some racks can be mounted to a wall or fit under a desk.
- The fans on rack servers can be extremely noisy. Locate the server in an area that is separate from employees, or upgrade to a noise-reducing chassis.
- Get a little more disk space than you think you'll need. It's easier to pay a little more now than to upgrade later.
- Make sure your server is safe and secure by using a firewall, virus protection, and data backup.