Enclosures from StarTech, APC and Tripplite – Why they make sense

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So often, I see computer networking equipment not put into enclosures or racks. Too often, I see nonsense like this:


As you know, my company provides 3rd party IT support services to clients. Among the services we provide are network infrastructure deployments. The picture shown above is  an example of a real-life client we took on several months ago. This is what their ‘server room’ looked like. There were a number of other pieces of equipment that were strewn all over the place as well, including a well engineered method of mounting the hardware firewall:


Most technologists that I’ve met balk at enclosures. They think they’re a waste of money and don’t really do anything other than “make things look pretty”. Yes, while one of their tasks is to create organization and aesthetics, this is not the only one. In the situation above, cables are being unnecessarily strained by weight and equipment. Air vents are being blocked because various equipment is sitting on top of one another with no room in-between. As you might be able to tell, dust is accumulating as well, since no one seems to be taking care of the network physically.

Above is another example (from one of my previous posts).

Professional enclosures provide organization and an aesthetically pleasing install. They allow you to route cabling without needlessly straining it, in a neat and bundled fashion. In addition, enclosures generally provide venting and cooling, by way of an intake or exhaust fan. Most of all, enclosures aren’t as expensive as most people think. Remember, when making suggestions to your clients or peers, you need to scale your solutions appropriately. In the scenario above, I don’t need a 48-U enclosure. An 8-U will suffice just fine, and will still allow for room to grow and expand.

I personally prefer the StarTech enclosures, but there are many vendors out there manufacturing these, such as APC, Tripplite, etc. Take a look and see what fits your needs, and go out there and deploy neat, clean, organized networks.



Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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  1. Phil June 22, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Adding your company log to the enclosure is a nice touch. Looks sharp.

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