Data Center Rack

What Does Data Center Rack Mean?

A data center rack is a type of physical steel and electronic framework that is designed to house servers, networking devices, cables and other data center computing equipment.


This physical structure provides equipment placement and orchestration within a data center facility.

Techopedia Explains Data Center Rack

A data center rack is primarily designed to house servers in different form factors (such as rack-mounted or blade servers). Although they are mainly designed to hold servers, some are designed to hold other components, such as:

  • Networking equipment
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Cooling systems
  • UPS

Each rack is generally prefabricated with slots for connecting electrical, networking and Internet cables. Data center racks are created using a systematic design, and are classified based on their capacity or the number of bays – essentially, the amount of equipment they can hold.


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