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Mar 12th - The Differences Between Server/Network Racks and Cabinets

When it comes to spotting the differences between a network cabinet and server cabinet, one must pay close attention to certain features. At first glance, server and network cabinets may look identical because they usually mirror each other’s height and width. Upon closer inspection, one can see that server cabinets have more depth to store larger devices like servers (of course), power distribution units (PDU), uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), monitors, and other similar equipment. Additionally, server equipment radiates a substantial amount of heat, which indicates the last difference; perforated front and rear doors. These punctured doors allow ventilation to take place and prevent all of that costly equipment from overheating and being damaged.

Network cabinets are known to be shallower since they house smaller equipment like routers, patch panels, switches, and other networking equipment/accessories. These cabinets also lack perforated enclosures since the amount of heat being radiated is not dangerous in comparison to the equipment inside of server cabinets. With that being said, network racks usually have a solid glass/plastic door. Shopping for a cabinet can be quite easy when you determine what kind of equipment you want to rack.

Just a friendly recap…

Server Racks and Cabinets

● House larger equipment (servers, monitors, PDUs, UPSs, etc.)

● Have perforated doors for ventilation to prevent equipment from overheating

● Have more depth

Network Racks and Cabinets

● House smaller equipment (routers, patch panels, switches, etc.)

● Have solid doors since overheating is not a problem

● Are more shallow