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Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business by Douglas Alger

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Server Cabinets

The next most valuable items to stock in a Data Center are server cabinets. As with patch cords, cabinets can often be provided by the manufacturer whose servers your company buys. This can seem convenient because manufacturers are often willing to install the servers into their cabinets at the factory and ship them to you—a notable time savings for your system administrators if the order involves dozens of servers or more. Spend enough on the equipment and the cost of the cabinet might even be free.

Before you accept a manufacturer's proprietary cabinets, however, make sure that they are compatible with your Data Center. Saving a couple of thousand dollars on the cost of a cabinet might not be the best business decision if the ...

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