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Rack supporting Front Loading, Front and Back Loading and Side Loading of Servers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000191736D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Jan-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 267K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A configurable rack that allows traditional loading of deep servers from the front with most cables out the back, but can also be reconfigured to allow front and rear loading of short servers, or side loading of short servers, all with associated cables and external components required for configuration.

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Rack supporting Front Loading, Front and Back Loading and Side Loading of Servers

Disclosed is a data center rack (Combo Rack) which supports front loading of servers as is traditional, as well as simultaneous front and rear loading of servers into the rack, additionally supported is side loading of the rack.

Data center racks used to house servers are starting to diverge in three directions, the traditional front loading deep server with cables out the back, short servers with cables out the front that load in both the traditional front or rear positions of a rack, and the short server with cables out the front that loads from the side. All three of these types of racks might appear in the same data center. A solution is needed to simplify the number of rack types supported in a data center and to allow reconfiguration of the space without having to replace rack housing.

The disclosed rack accommodates three types of data center installations: front loading deep servers with rear server cables; both front and rear loading deep servers with front server cables with a central rack exhaust plenum; and side loading short servers with front server cables. This will allow multiple configurations of servers to be supported in a data center and will allow reconfiguration of servers to adjust to changing data center requirements without replacing the r...