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Relay rack on a lazy susan/casters?
Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:03 PM
We have a utility closet under the stairs in our new house that's about 3' 11" wide with a downward sloping roof due to the stairs above. I'm going to have our LV contractor terminate all the CAT5 at the "short wall", and am planning on installing a ~4' relay rack for equipment.
I've abandoned most of our "enterprise stuff" save for a rackmount 2U APC UPS, and a couple of switches, and I've consolidated all our servers to a custom vSphere server that sits in an mATC case, so I really don't have anything deep enough to warrant a 4 post rack. What I'd like to do is rack the switches and UPS, and install a few shelves on the rack to accommodate the server, two QNAP NAS units, and a few sonos units wired to in-wall speakers.
Any suggestions for a short 2 post rack that could hold this gear? Also has anyone put a rack on a lazy susan or casters/drawer pulls so they could make access to the rear of the rack easier? I realize I'm working in a tight space, but the lazy susan seems like it might work better than a hinged rack where it would need more clearance to swing outward.
If anyone has good pictures of installations in an under-stairs closet, that would be helpful as well. I'm in a "no basement zone" so this is essentially the best I have to work with.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:07 PM
Edited by wuench, 22 May 2012 - 03:22 PM.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:32 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:12 AM
Are you sure that's the best place for it though? I mounted a 12U up in my closet and ran the Cat5 there - and put the switch there; next to that is my 50" structured media cabinet where the cable and security run - works very well.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 10:59 AM
I do have ventilation to this closet, and I'll also have a 48" structured media cabinet where I'll be mounting an HAI panel and future goodies, but I have about 35 CAT5 drops and would prefer to rack them so I can use a "proper" switch. There is a "normal" section of the closet unaffected by the slope of the stairs, but I'd like to keep things neat and out of the way if possible and still make it relatively easy to access the equipment.
It sounds like the 2 post on a platform is a winner. If anyone has pic of a similar install that would be great, otherwise I'll attempt to post my own efforts once they get underway in August.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:23 PM
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