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SAP Planning: Best Practices in Implementation by George W. Anderson

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Rack Planning for Data Center Resources

With your highly available power infrastructures laying the foundation for your SAP Data Center, and attention to environmental requirements already addressed, you are ready to proceed with the next “physical” data center infrastructure layer—the rack mounting systems for housing all of our enterprise computing gear. In this section, I will cover:

  • Rack layout and design considerations

  • Optimizing rack “real estate”

  • Rack mounting and related best practices

  • Cabling and cable management

  • Rack placement in the data center

What exactly is a rack? One of my customers describes a rack simply as “furniture for computers.” In most cases, racks are somewhere between four and seven feet tall, 19 inches wide, and something ...

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