Computer cabinets come in many sizes and styles, designed to meet any need. Yet in many offices, computer equipment is not put in cabinets at all. Often, it's simply plugged in under desks, on tables, or on improvised stands and shelves. As more equipment is added, this can become increasingly difficult to manage—and work with. But does a computer cabinet really help solve the problem? Why use computer cabinets at all?
The answer is that computer cabinets are designed to make servers, computers, and specialized electronic equipment easy to access and work with. A computer cabinet offers a number of advantages, which include the following:
1. Keeping the office neat and organized – This is perhaps the most tangible and immediate benefit of using a computer cabinet to house your servers and computers. Computer cabinets have internal dimensions that perfectly fit a variety of equipment, since most computers are built to be housed in the standard cabinets. Instead of cluttering desks or gathering dust underfoot, computers are now housed in an industry-standard rack where they belong. Additionally, computer cabinets give the office a neat, professional appearance to anyone who walks in.
2. Allowing you to stack or group multiple machines easily – Servers shouldn't be spread across multiple work areas, like the IT manager's desk and various back closets. Standardized computer racks maximize the number of machines you can house in a single cabinet, while keeping them all facing front, properly secured and easy to access and work with.
3. Cord control – The biggest problem with computers and servers is all of the cords that have to hook up to the back of them. These include power cords, data cables and lines for various add-ons and accessories. Without a computer cabinet, cords can range from a tripping hazard to a tangled mess. However, computer cabinets make it easy to organize the cords coming out of the machines and frequently offer clips or trays to easily bundle, label, and route cords in a way that keeps them out of the way.
4. Easy transportation and maintenance – It's not uncommon to have to get to the back of a machine to plug something in, or to have to pull a machine for maintenance. Data racks make it easy to access the back, and many offer a hinge or wheels so that you can pull them away from the wall. Additionally, if you need to temporarily move machines to clean behind them or rearrange a work area, computer cabinets can often be moved as a unit.
Does your office use computer cabinets for all the equipment?