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By cryo ·
The company I work for is moving corporate offices to another building and I?ve been granted the task of refreshing the company?s infrastructure. (voice, data, the whole enchilada)

This task is new for me so I?m soliciting for help and suggestions (past the obvious stuff like cat5e cabling, dedicated HVAC systems and such).

Our server room consists of standalone servers, mostly white-boxes some Compaq and an old DG system, and I?d like to migrate (actually, install and build from scratch) a rack system. Having never worked on one I?m not exactly sure what I need to make sure I don?t overlook. I?m assuming the processor, HD space, RAM is fairly straightforward but what else do I need to make sure I cover on a rack system? Anyone have a preference in vendor (Dell, Compaq, IBM), and what?s the reason?

What about power requirement for the server room? Each duplex outlet on its own 20amp circuit or what? I was thinking quad outlets for every 10ft of wall, each on a 20amp circuit and one 220v 35amp plug for future use (possibly UPS).

Also, our network (if you can call it that) is running non-switched. What?s a good entry-level switch to use for a 75-150 node network?

How about raised floor versus wire ladders? Is it just preference or is there technical reason for going with either?

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

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Netgear Switches

by evillage In reply to Server Room Help

About six months ago I finally persuaded a client to convert from two 24 port 10MB hubs to two 24 port Netgear switches (FS-524S). These switches are rack mountable and stackable. They can be stacked up to eight high, enabling you to have 192 stations on a stack. The switches provide a 4GB backplane to the stack. At approximately $600 each these were a very good solution for our needs and we haven't had any problems with them to date. Another place I work uses only 3COM switches and out of100 or so we seem to have a bad one once a week (I don't take care of the hardware there, so I'm not certain about the model or exact frequency of failure...)

Good luck with your project. Sounds like fun and it must be nice to actually have the chance to do it from ground zero...

Herb

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