Serverracks



  • I'm going to replace a few aging telco (2-post) and server racks, they are 20+ years old. I've used a lot of different brands in the past and would like to see some opinions.

    There are 5 racks total at the moment, filled with patchpanels, switches, servers, routers, storage and UPS'es. The whole system will be severely reduced to the required components, reducing complexity as well as power and heat requirements at the same time. Old machines currently running the infrastructure will be reused as scientific computing nodes while a new HCI cluster will do the heavy lifting.

    The goal should be to have 2, maybe 3 racks max:

    • Rack 1: Servers, Storage, KVM, UPS, 39U filled
    • Rack 2: Connectivity, 40U worth of switches, routers, patch panels and a UPS
    • Rack 3: Spare + existing NASes

    I thought about 47/48U racks, which easily fits into the room.

    Now, what I am looking for is:

    • A system where I could get another rack later on
    • Something solid. Not cheap in the sense of "buy cheap, buy twice"
    • Should be able to carry the weight of the first rack, which contains a lot of spindles
    • Some integrated cable management. Must be able to run wires between racks. Mostly fiber. Shouldn't hang "out of the front".
    • Wheels not required
    • Doors not required
    • Black. Period. 😉


  • @thwr said in Serverracks:

    I'm going to replace a few aging telco (2-post) and server racks, they are 20+ years old. I've used a lot of different brands in the past and would like to see some opinions.

    There are 5 racks total at the moment, filled with patchpanels, switches, servers, routers, storage and UPS'es. The whole system will be severely reduced to the required components, reducing complexity as well as power and heat requirements at the same time. Old machines currently running the infrastructure will be reused as scientific computing nodes while a new HCI cluster will do the heavy lifting.

    The goal should be to have 2, maybe 3 racks max:

    • Rack 1: Servers, Storage, KVM, UPS, 39U filled
    • Rack 2: Connectivity, 40U worth of switches, routers, patch panels and a UPS
    • Rack 3: Spare + existing NASes

    I thought about 47/48U racks, which easily fits into the room.

    Now, what I am looking for is:

    • A system where I could get another rack later on
    • Something solid. Not cheap in the sense of "buy cheap, buy twice"
    • Should be able to carry the weight of the first rack, which contains a lot of spindles
    • Some integrated cable management. Must be able to run wires between racks. Mostly fiber. Shouldn't hang "out of the front".
    • Wheels not required
    • Doors not required
    • Black. Period. 😉

    I usually buy racks from Rack Solutions, they are usually great price and very customizable.





  • How did you made out on this?



  • Oh, yep. Funny story. Our hardware distributor (Hardware in the sense of screws, tools, metal etc.) told us about Schaefer IT, a German manufacturer.

    Ordered three of them without doors. Should arrive in a few days.



  • @thwr said in Serverracks:

    Oh, yep. Funny story. Our hardware distributor (Hardware in the sense of screws, tools, metal etc.) told us about Schaefer IT, a German manufacturer.

    Ordered three of them without doors. Should arrive in a few days.

    Awesome!


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