NS40 Vented Rack Enclosure ITSENCLOSURES NetStation

Questions for Selecting a Vented Rack Enclosure

When storing vital servers and network equipment, rack enclosures (NEMA rated or vented) are a must for large companies and IT departments. A vented rack enclosure provides functionality, proper arrangement, passive cooling, and, above all, security. In the beginning of the purchasing process, a customer or end-user should ask various questions to find the perfect vented enclosure solution.

Questions to Find the Best Vented Rack Enclosures

NetStation Family ITSENCLOSURES vented rack enclosures rack channel1. How much equipment will be stored?
Prior to installing electronics, it is crucial to assess the quantity of equipment that will be placed within the enclosure. This evaluation is essential in determining the overall size of the ventilated enclosure or the total rack mount space (each U representing a height of 1.75 inches) required. In order to accommodate a significant amount of network or electronic equipment, it is possible to combine and secure multiple enclosures together.

2. What type of cable management is necessary?
If a large amount of cables (wires or cords) are needed within the vented enclosure, effective cable management is required for organizing the cables and maintaining proper connectivity. With differing accessories, cables may be positioned vertically or horizontally. To facilitate the entry of cables, split panels, metal or plastic conduit, sleeves, or small openings should be provided. Additionally, these items help prevent cables from getting pinched or cut when closing the enclosure door.

3. Does the equipment need a lock?
A vented enclosure, along with internal electronics, may require security measures, namely being locked and kept private. When opting for an enclosure which needs to be safeguarded, it is advisable to select one equipped with key locking latches on all doors and side panels. This allows for convenient accessibility, while ensuring the protection of the enclosed equipment.

4. What type of add-ons are needed?
When buying a vented server or network enclosure, it’s important to think about useful accessories. These include air circulating fans (often available in single, double, or quadruple options), rack mountable surge protectors, power cords, drawers, shelves (both stationary and sliding), filler panels, levelers, bolt down legs, and industrial grade castors. These accessories help create an organized and easily manageable environment within the vented enclosure.

Carefully consider each question, or your vented enclosure choice may not be the ideal solution. Before purchasing an enclosure, always create a list of everything that is needed. The correct enclosure is will keep electronics safe and secure for many years in the future. This will save money and prevent unnecessary downtime.