Setting up dedicated on-premises servers can be intimidating for a small business

With some understanding of the basics, though, setting up your own server room for your small business network can be simplified

Rack-mount equipment is always the best way to go.

It’s not uncommon for small businesses to begin operation by stacking server hardware and network appliances on a desk or shelf. This is inexpensive but the equipment invariably expands into a tangled mess

Racks come in various sizes.

The most common commodity server rack today is probably the four-post rack designed to hold servers and appliances 19 inches wide. A typical full-height rack measures 42U; half-height equates to 24U.

Two alternatives for space-constrained locations are open frame racks or small wall-mounted cabinets.

a combination of the noise generated the one’s equipment and the overall sound-reduction capabilities of the rack itself.

You will need an AC unit

High temperatures can dramatically shorten equipment life and often culminate in crashes and downtime

One often-overlooked concern is what happens when servers remain on after office hours. In such scenarios, you’ll need a separate air-conditioning unit that’s not tied to the building’s central air unit, which is typically switched off after a certain hour.

Proper cable management  also helps ensure proper ventilation.

Managing wires is necessary

Setting up a server rack is more than just twisting a few screws to secure the equipment into place. Proper cable management can’t be overstated, as just about every piece of equipment in the rack is linked with Ethernet cables. Intra-cabinet wiring aside, it makes sense to terminate cable runs for Ethernet LAN points for desktop computers, cameras and network appliances and phone systems.

Label everything

Finally, don’t skimp on labeling and documenting your setup, even for relatively simple deployments.

Detailed notes describing important procedures relating to your on-premises hardware should be printed out and attached to the server cabinet with tape or refrigerator magnets.