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Good 12-18u server cabinets/racks?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So, i just got a 4U mining case for a 3d rendering rig, and with it, i need a rack, and at the same time i’ve thought about moving my main rig into a rack as well to save some space as well as some future servers. Been looking some stuff up, but i’m alien to the server space. Any suggestions? 

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A rack can be as simple as a pair of metal tubes bolted to the floor. Mind, those are usually for equipment that doesn't weigh much, like routers/switches etc. For actual servers, you'd be looking at a 4-post solution. It has the advantage it can be free-standing, as it won't require bolting stuff down. Major suppliers are APC and DSI.


Note that these racks come in different sizes, not only in height but depth as well. This reflects on the various systems that can be housed inside them. Obviously, fitting a 1200mm server case in a 800mm deep rack is "a challenge" ;) Some racks are wider then the 600mm industry standard and thus allow for better cable management on the side. But it comes at a larger footprint premium. And price.


It's also worth noting that these racks are quite expensive for what they are and offer. It's essentially a metal case with fittings and prices start at around 400 euro (that's probably a good 550-600 $Can) Consider going without a rack for now and see how your situation develops. Buying a rack case later is always an option. Oh, and by the way: if you house your equipment/servers in an enclosed rack, make sure it has adequate cooling too. Your systems will live longer if you do :P

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I have the 25U variant of this Rosewill Rack. It's proven to me to be quite rigid and easily holds my body weight. Holds deep servers. Adjustable. I like it.

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Being 4U rendering i'm assuming its a long case like one of the Rosewills RSV cases....i'd look at something like the StarTech rack. Its open making it affordable, has heavy duty castors so you can move it and its adjustable in depth up to 40" so you can accomodate the longest servers like the Dell PowerEdge's  https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Open-Frame-Server-Rack/dp/B084NXSLTG/re


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