I often came up with the idea: why not place servers vertically, because if you do not have a special server rack, and there is a machine of 1U-4U format, and even a full length of 655 mm, then this bandura will take up the entire room, the entire table or rack. No, I’m not talking about the fact that server cabinets are outdated and I’m not promoting the idea of another revolution in the data center. I’m talking about home laboratories, small test rooms or maintenance-free points where 1-2-3 pieces of equipment are placed, and every square centimeter is worth its weight in gold. It may be your storage room or garage.
I came across the vertical mounting brackets on the wall quite by accident, and you know how it happens: with a cry of “where were you before, scoundrels”, I rushed to study the question, and I hope my research will be useful to you.
What equipment are we talking about?
First of all, about network switches and servers of small depth (30-45 cm). These are light devices that live next to each other, and due to the low power, do not require any special cooling: there is no cold corridor, let alone water supply. Of course, we can think of immersion heat removal systems, huge baths filled with a special liquid, in which servers are placed, but now we are not talking about them.
Since by and large, no one limits you, you can install small storage and uninterruptible power supplies on the wall: the metal will withstand.
Type of vertical rackmounts
I came across three types of solutions:
- ordinary corners, sometimes not even fastened together,
- frames that are more complex but open metal trusses
- closed cabinets with cable channels hatches and fans
That is, there are more types of mounting than in traditional server cabinets, where there are no simple corners.
Advanced models of server racks have patch panels placed in the usual orientation: facing the user, and you can also place PDU blocks in the same way, saving depth.