An open frame desktop rack is a viable alternative to a cabinet when it comes to housing your IT equipment. Open frame racks are safe, durable and easily accessible, making them great options for telecom equipment, servers or networking. These racks come in various sizes, shapes and designs to suit most any individual need. They’re also less costly than cabinets – an added plus for your budget.
Advantages of Open Frame Racks
When comparing open frame racks to cabinets, it’s not difficult to see some of the obvious advantages.
- Less restrictive: Unlike cabinets which can be rather restrictive with their closed design, open framed racks provide easy access to your equipment and power cables at all times. If security is not a problem, this design can be more convenient and practical, making it much easier to install and manage your equipment.
- Better Ventilation: As open frame racks have no top, bottom or sides, they offer better ventilation for your equipment, as air can freely circulate within the metal framing. At the same time, your equipment is well protected against accidents encased in its durable, metal frame.
- Versatility: Although these racks come with an open frame design, they can be customized by adding sides, shelves, doors, etc. to meet your individual need. These lightweight, compact, free-standing racks are also easy to move about and assemble.
- Affordable: Reasonable costs make open frame racks more conducive to your budget.
Tips for Choosing an Open Frame Rack
Because desktop racks come in various shapes and sizes, they can be used to house a variety of devices. Open frame server racks can be construed to the height and depth you need, making it easier to install your equipment. You’ll need to measure the height and depth of your device to see how much space you’ll require, giving yourself extra leeway at the back for cabling. When choosing rack size, consider any upgrades you may add to your equipment in the future which may affect the size and design of the rack you buy now.
Easy access, affordable price and safe, durable construction make open frame desktop racks a viable solution (and preferred option by many) to housing your home or office IT equipment. In a home office setting, your desktop rack will make a fine addition to your home decor.