thermal containment systemWhen choosing electronics racks for your data center, there are many factors to consider. While selecting the right cold or thermal containment system is essential, there are other specifics pertaining to size and weight capacity. Load rating is one of these key specifics. Use this guide to understand the basics of data rack load rating and why it is relevant to your data center.

What are load ratings?

A rack’s load rating is a measurement of its weight capacity; thus, racks with higher load ratings will be able to handle heavier loads. Each rack will generally come with a static and dynamic load rating. Static load rating measures the racks weight capacity when it is installed, while dynamic load rating measures its weight capacity when it is being rolled on its casters.

Why do load ratings matter?

By choosing the right load rating, you can avoid equipment damage and collapse. These incidents generally happen when the equipment placed on the rack is too heavy for its capacity. By purchasing a rack with an appropriate static and dynamic load rating, you will ensure equipment safety in most conditions. Just be mindful that a high load rating does not mean that the rack is up to seismic standards. Seismic server racks are necessary for true earthquake protection.

Why choose higher load ratings?

By purchasing cabinets with higher load ratings, you can safeguard your products against accidents. Even if you don’t need a high load rating for the equipment you are currently using, you will be prepared for any data center upgrades in the future. This way, you won’t have to worry about upgrading racks down the road when the density in your racks increases. Your equipment will be more universal.

As of 2011, 38% of large companies were expected to exceed IT capacity within the next 18 months. And this trend still holds true. When selecting your data racks, it’s essential to consider width, depth, and height in addition to load rating. When these factors are working together, you will have a sturdy cabinet for your data racks. This is tandem with the right cold or thermal containment system will create the most efficient data center possible.

Many companies are also working with third party integrators today. These integrators populate the IT racks with equipment and ship them to the data center for immediate deployment. In these instances a server rack with a 3,000 pound static load rating will not support 3,000 pounds in transit due to the vibration while being transported.

For more information about load ratings and data rack properties, contact AMCO Enclosures today. Our professionals will help you select the best data racks for your needs.