Learn More About Rack Servers
What are Rack Servers?
A server is a high powered computer designed to store, retrieve and send computer files and data. It processes requests from client computers or programs and delivers the data via the internet or local network. Rack servers, or rack-mounted servers, are servers that are designed to be installed in a low-profile enclosure (rack) designed to hold IT equipment.
These racks contain multiple vertical bays where the servers are installed, minimizing the need for floor space and simplifying supplying power; however cooling the confined space where the servers are crowded is a necessity. When a server is mounted in a rack, it is usually done so with a rail kit that allows the server to slide in and out of the rack to provide easy in-rack serviceability.
What is a Rack Unit?
Rack Servers Features & Capabilities
Hot swapping - The capability to replace or add components without shutting down the system
The ability to update software without a restart or reboot
Advanced backup capability for frequent backup of critical data
Redundant power supplies
Advanced networking performance
Automatic (invisible to the user) data transfer between devices.
High security for resources, data and memory protection
Powerful cooling fans or water cooling systems
Advanced self-monitoring, such as overheating and disk failure
Various Connectivity capabilities: USB, video, serial cable
Number of processor cores - multiple cores speed up processing times and capabilities