5 Advantages to Open Frame Server Racks
Open frame server racks are a case where less is more. An open server rack drops side covers for a barebones frame construction. While open server racks do not give as much physical cover or visual elegance compared to traditional server racks, the open versions make up for it by making server hardware easier to reach. Open frame server racks do not get in the way.
- Easy Installation
Open frame server racks make the hardware mounting process easier when compared to enclosed versions. When you’re installing hardware in an enclosed server rack, you may have to remove panels and contort your hands to securely mount the hardware. Open frame server racks streamline process by letting you install mounting brackets from whichever angle is easiest.
- Easy Maintenance
Open frame server racks don’t have walls, which makes hardware accessible from all sides even when server hardware is already installed. If you have to swap cables around or pull out a mounted server, the open frame helps streamline the process. Additionally, the lack of wall obstruction can make it easier to maintain without having to remove the hardware at all.
- Easy Organization
In-use server racks commonly have dozens, if not hundreds, of cables running between installed equipment. The open frame server rack makes it easier to keep those cables from becoming a tangled mess. A closed server rack can obstruct cable routing paths, especially with hardware that features ports on the front or sides. You can run cables in any direction with an open frame server rack without issue.
- Unrestricted Air Flow
It’s no secret that servers can produce a lot of heat: enclosed server racks can cause heat build up. Too much heat can damage hardware. Open frame server racks can extend the life of your hardware and improve performance by providing unrestricted air flow. Open server racks allow airflow in all directions, letting the hardware run in a cooler environment.
- Lower Cost
Open frame server racks have lower production and shipping costs compared to enclosed racks. The open versions use less material and take up much less space when disassembled. The open frame’s lower weight and smaller footprint make it easier to ship.