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Build Your Skills: Kick-start your rack server deployment with these resources

Learn how to plan and deploy a rack server.


Over the past several years, rack-based servers have swept their way into organizations of all sizes across the globe. As a recent TechRepublic survey indicates, more and more companies are planning to deploy rack-based servers at the heart of their infrastructures. If you’re preparing to deploy rack servers, here are some resources that will help. These articles explore the benefits and challenges of deploying rack servers and introduce several of the leading vendors.
  • "Rack-based servers aren’t just for ISPs anymore"
    Originally, rack-based servers were used mostly by ISPs and enterprise businesses with massive data centers. However, organizations of all sizes are now taking notice of the many advantages rack-based servers have to offer. This article shows the advantages that rack servers can offer small and midsize businesses.
  • "Building out a rack-based server farm"
    Here’s a case study that will be of interest to those who are ready to deploy rack-based servers. The study shows how one engineer handled the logistics of building out a new farm of rack servers. He covers all of the nitty-gritty details from cabling challenges to power requirements to the physical placement of servers and other devices such as KVM switches in the racks.
  • "Maximizing the configuration of rack-based server farms"
    The engineer from the previous case study continues his discussion on deploying rack servers, providing insights into what worked and what he would do different next time.
  • "Can blade servers solve your server room problems?"
    If you’re excited that rack-based servers can save so much room, you should look into blade servers. These miniscule servers take the rack-server concept to another level. In addition, they solve many of the cabling, power, and cooling issues associated with rack-based servers.

How will rack-based servers affect your infrastructure?
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