Rack Solutions for Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

One thing many people don’t give much thought to when implementing or upgrading a solution in their datacenter is the racks.  In a lot of cases customers may be consolidating using virtualization and have more racks than they can use.  In many cases this approach works just fine if you are housing some basic servers and networking equipment but for some newer technologies older racks just don’t cut it.  If you are considering spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on new cutting edge technology why not spend a few extra thousand dollars and get the proper infrastructure to house it.  If you spent $300,000 on a new Ferrari you probably wouldn’t leave it parked on the street under a tarp would you?

As rack manufactures go there are more than a few.  We’ve been a reseller of APC for a while now and I continue to be impressed with their products.  Recently APC has released some very nice rack solutions for Cisco UCS and the Cisco Nexus 7000 series switch.  Now these are not “special” product specifically built for either one of these solutions but simple solution created from existing products to house hardware that has special rack requirements.  These solutions include the racks, pdu’s and cable management.  For any of you who have had the pleasure of racking/wresting a Nexus 7000 switch into a standard older rack know that it is not exactly what you’d call a perfect fit.  Both of the APC solutions have options for a more standard sized rack and their 750mm wide x 1200mm deep racks which really give you some room to work and run cables.

From a pricing standpoint these solutions are really pretty reasonable.  $3000 – $4000 street price per rack with all the PDU’s, cable management and assorted goodies.  For a UCS or Nexus solution that costs more than most houses that is really a heck of a deal.

For more details on APC UCS solutions download the pdf here:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/nl7x4n3noia1n55/APCUCSPowerRackDoc.pdf

Details on the Nexus 7000 are below.

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