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Tool for helping where new datacenter components should be placed? [migrated]

I am looking for a software tool helping me to find an optimized place where new datacenter components, such as servers and network devices, should be placed. Important criteria are: climate of ...
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2answers
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What were your server room pain points, big wins and must haves? [closed]

Like many people on here I suspect, our server room has evolved over time. At the beginning we had a single server running Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and it sat in the corner plugged in ...
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1answer
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Standard Bolt Pattern for Racks in Datacenters

Is there a "standard" way of bolting racks down that is interchangeable between vendors? At our datacenter we've standardized on a Damac rack for our builds. Because we're building in volume, the ...
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1answer
193 views

What would my over subscription be for my network?

I have 24 racks with 20 servers each connecting to 2 by 48 x 10G switches in each rack (NIC teaming). The switchs then connects to another 2 by 48 x 10G switches in 2 aggregation racks. What would ...
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1answer
222 views

software for rack visualisation [closed]

Can you recommend any (preferably open-source) software for server racks visualization? Ideally it should be able to draw cable links between pieces of equipment, and should be scriptable to some ...
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1answer
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What is the proper way to manage cabling behind patch panels?

I have a 4-post 19" rack with a 72-port 2U quickport patch panel where horizontal structured cabling terminates. The cables are bundled and enter the rack at the rear. From the back of the rack, ...
2
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4answers
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How many hp dl360 g7 in a rack?

It might sound as "how long is a piece of string"? In my current job the process is to leave 1U spacing, with no blinders, between servers; this incurs a considerable loss of space, no event sparking ...
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3answers
609 views

Where can I buy stickers/labels to put on rack systems/servers to identify them? [closed]

Where can I buy stickers/labels to put on rack systems/servers to identify them? I want to put my companies logo on them and also I want 2 sizes: small and larger. The larger stickers should have ...
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10answers
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How to extinguish a small fire in a server rack to minimize damage to surrounding equipment?

Suppose I have a rack with several servers and other stuff. One of servers overheats severely and either starts smoking or catches fire while there's a serviceman nearby. If anything similar happens ...
4
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6answers
208 views

Servers with same workload in the same rack: good, bad or unimportant?

Our current server layout (not designed by me) has identical machines located on the same rack. We'll have all the database servers on rack A, all the fileservers on rack B, etc. This seems dangerous ...
2
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3answers
3k views

how many blade enclosures can you fit in a rack?

Considering the power and cooling requirements of HP's or IBM's newest blade (10U) chassis fully stacked, how many of them can you fit in a standard size rack (42 U) ?
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6answers
706 views

Rack layout for future growth

We're getting ready to move to a new colo facility and I'm designing the rack layout. While we have a full rack, we only have 12U worth of hardware right now: 1x 1U switch 7x 1U servers 1x 2U server ...
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1answer
300 views

What tools, parts, accessories do you keep in your Colo?

I know Colo is less popular these days with the Cloud, but I thought I'd ask people what tools and extra parts, etc they like to keep in their Colo cages or racks. Here are some of my favorites: ...
15
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1answer
951 views

How to correctly move a server inside a rack up and down

Maybe a bit stupid question, but Sometimes (rarely but it happens) I need to move a server in a rack 1-2U up or down. What do you think, which of the ways is the most correct and useful and why? ...
4
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1answer
1k views

PDU says to ground to rack with “thread making screw”.. this is impossible?

I'm trying to use the 'thread making screw' to ground my Dell PDU to the Rack, however the metal on the rack is impossibly hard. Is this even required? The included screws don't even seem "thread ...
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10answers
14k views

Rack layout tools

I'm wondering if there's any tools (preferably offline) that would allow me to layout all of the new equipment that will be going into several standard racks. Currently I'm using Excel to map out all ...
47
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17answers
9k views

Do you skip a rack unit between servers?

It seems like there's a lot of disagreement in mindsets when it comes to installing rackmount servers. There have been threads discussing cable arms and other rackmount accessories, but I'm curious: ...
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7answers
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Cable Management Policy

We've all seen good and bad examples of cable management. What are objective, measurable requirements that can be used in a policy to maintain cabling order in the rack/server room/data center? ...