Business owners with small businesses may desire to purchase a server for applications and data storage. Protecting company data is essential in times where natural disasters, theft and sabotage are likely. The more competition that exists in a particular business, the more possibility of theft, hacking or sabotage occurring. Server racks are available in all steel with nearly impenetrable locks. This will deter physical theft and damage of a company’s data via the server. Server racks may be custom built according to the number and type of servers purchased. The larger the server and accessories, the more space that will be needed to secure the server.
For instance, some server racks have dimensions that will support a small server the size of a Mac Mini. This server is not as robust as most servers. However, it will host applications and a website for a small business until the business expands. Business ready servers have small footprints also. These servers are produced by Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Cisco and other companies. These types of servers may run in excess of $15,000 and are designed to fit in rack servers of all types.
Many servers may withstand high pressures and incredible heat temperatures. The server rack may have a fan for ventilation to keep the server cool and multiple racks to hold the servers. The server rack doors may also be perforated to facilitate the air flow through the unit. Servers often get very hot because they must remain on 24 hours per day to serve the company’s needs. Server racks also reduce moisture and dust that may accumulate on the servers and cause malfunction. Cable management tools may also accompany server racks. This will help IT staff organize the cables so that they do not interfere with the operation of the server needed for daily business operations.
To protect the company’s assets, some of the premium server cabinets feature three-point triple locking mechanisms. These locks will deter theft because most cannot be cut with standard tools and will withstand several hours within a fire before it reaches it melting point. Servers with 14-gauge steel or higher will yield the best protection for the server. Not only will it deter theft, but it will also withstand fire and moisture to a certain degree.
Steel is the best material for theft deterrence. Many server racks are available in aluminum. However, these servers do not withstand heat and theft the way that all steel servers withstand the elements. Server racks should have multiple entry points in order to allow IT professionals to access the server from all angles to perform maintenance work. Therefore, the back panel, top panel, bottom panel and side panels must be removable. Each of these panels must be secured by a three-point triple locking mechanism for maximum protection. Other locks are available; however, these locks are some of the most secure on the market. Reputable companies such as IBM, Motorola, NASA and others have used this type of server rack technology to protect their data.
Server racks are designed to extend the life of the server, while protecting the data. While a server rack may not protect data from a hacker, the rack will deter individuals from physically stealing the data from the premises. Storing your business data at an off-site facility and encryption may deter hackers from stealing company data. Server racks will simply protect from theft and environmental damage.
Server racks may also be visually appealing while protective as well. Some companies may need to have their server racks blend with the office environment until they have enough demand to obtain a larger space for the server. Companies will design racks that will blend with pre-existing furniture. The server rack will not detract from the appearance of the office environment. Companies that are experienced in designing custom solutions will maximize the space available and produce a visually appealing solution.