Space is always at a premium in data centers. Keeping all the servers and switches and storage equipment neatly organized will help. Not just in terms of space, but for managing assets too. That’s why we developed Rack and Stack 123™.
Rack and Stack 123™ integrates all that equipment onto a single rack, adding redundant power distribution units along the network. There are 2 options – stack it the data center or off-site. Either way, the rack, and all its components are run through a complete test cycle before it’s connected to the data center.
From design to deployment, we are constantly looking for ways to simplify the cabling process. From design to installation, even billing is easier. Rack and Stack 123™ can be invoiced to end-users as a single SKU number.
Order from Chaos
If this looks all too familiar, you understand the problem. No matter how orderly the initial cabling is, it always seems to turn into a mess of tangled cables. Storage equipment gets scattered around, wherever there’s available space. It’s frustrating for network professionals. There’s not much method to the madness.
Rack and Stack customizes each unit to customer specifications. With high-quality cables and connectors, it facilitates rapid installation and simplifies cable and equipment maintenance. There’s improved airflow in the rack as well.
Cables are labeled end to end to ensure accurate port mapping and traceability. To address the equipment density, cables are in granular lengths to save space and streamline operations. They come in custom colors too.
Over 70% of network connectivity problems come back to cabling infrastructure. It shouldn’t need to be so complicated and time-consuming.
Once the cabling infrastructure becomes unmanageable, loss of connectivity is almost inevitable. The R&D team at Cabling 1,2,3 is innovating solutions that simplify cabling installation and maintenance. When we minimize the complexity, we eliminate the majority of issues with critical connectivity.
Customize Your Solution
Rack and Stack 123™ is designed to your specifications. The first question is how do you want your rack stacked?
TOR or MOR
Top of the rack (TOR) infrastructure is the traditional layout in most data centers. We’re happy to accommodate it. Still, we’re finding that Middle of the Rack (MOR) is becoming a better option for many clients. The MOR model requires 30% less cable and 100% less wire management space. Both models run cables on the sides of the rack, only the switch placement is different. We’ll stack it to your specs.
Several external factors contribute to cabling complexity. Proprietary product designs, ASICs, varying power limitations, and cooling requirements. Our next step is to develop the proper numbering and port mapping system. The servers, switches and power supply, and/or distribution units all need to be properly identified. Mapping accuracy has a big impact down the road when it comes to connectivity and maintenance.
The cables themselves are the biggest piece of the picture. We help our customers figure which cable suit their configurations. The lengths you need, the slack, a color scheme. The more transparent the cabling layout is, the easier it is to manage. We have a unique end-to-end labeling system and some bundles can be barcoded. No more trying to figure out what goes where. The rack looks clean and professional and as technicians change, easy to follow.
Simple 5-Step Setup
1. Pull together some information.
Here’s what we’ll need to know about your rack configuration:
- Type of port switch configurations: A, B or C
- U location and size (1, 2, 3 or 4U) of switches and servers
- Bundle location for console, ethernet1 and ethernet2 – middle, left or right
- Color of each bundle
- Total number of servers
- Switch to server depth offset
If you need help with measurements, just contact us. We’ve got offices around the world. If you want us to come on-site, no problem.
2. Available Rack
When you have an available built-up rack, we’ll send a measurement cable bundle. This bundle is a tool to collect data from the assets on your rack.
3. Install the bundle
Once you install the measurement bundle, you can capture information on the switch and server cable. Send that data along to us.
4. Design Document
Our cabling engineers take the information you’ve provided and drafts a drawing set with a unique part number. We deliver the first article bundles to be installed in your rack.
4. Installation Verification
Once the bundles are installed, test and verify that everything is working properly. If changes are needed, we will update the design drawing and the bundles will be reworked.
Your Rack is Stacked
It’s very important that we make our customers happy. Their experience should be easy and comfortable, even fun. We want to remove some of the unnecessary challenges they face. Since 2003 when our company was founded, we’ve remained committed to innovation which serves that purpose. We do our R&D, manufacture everything in-house. We focus on the basics – high-quality materials, on-time delivery, the shortest possible lead times. Those simple things make our customers happy.
Our latest innovation is a Membership program. We’re extending our relationship with customers to include ongoing live technical consultations, product discounts, and unlimited email and chat support. On the premium tiers, we offer inventory management and same-day shipping. Learn more about Cabling as a Service from Cabling 1,2,3.