Data Centers

Survey: Rack-based servers are making inroads

If there is a fashion in servers, then rack servers are the hot item this year. Take a look at our survey results to see why rack-based servers are gaining in popularity, edging closer to tower servers as the style of choice.


The new server cases may look like pizza boxes, but within those 1.75-inch-thick containers are the guts of your typical tower box server.

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These pizza-box servers are showing up more frequently because racks save space and the modular construction of rack-based servers make them convenient, according to results of a recent TechRepublic survey (see Figure A).

Rack-based servers are growing rapidly in popularity, with 34 percent of respondents saying they are currently using them. Another 22 percent said they are now in the process of moving to rack-based servers.

Figure A
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The survey snapshot, however, reveals that the tower server is still on top. More than half of the survey respondents said they are currently using tower servers. By far, remote access software is being used as the most popular method of administering those servers (see Figure B).

Figure B
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A place for everything
The survey also asked where respondents thought was the most appropriate location for rack and tower servers.

Respondents said rack servers belong in a central server room. The second location choice, far back in the pack, was inside remote offices. By comparison, the majority of respondents said remote offices are the most appropriate place for tower servers (see Figure C).

Figure C
r00620010514wtn01fla03.htmAre you trying to decide if a rack server system is for you? Do you think tower servers have advantages over racks? Share your thoughts in a discussion below or send us a note.

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