by Kendall Howard
on Monday, October 6, 2014 8:10:00 AM
The answer is Small Office Home Office. Small Office Home Office (SOHO) racking solutions
are more popular than ever. Server and
networking equipment is constantly evolving and becoming much smaller and much
more efficient. Being able to do more with less allows small to medium retail
and service industry stores to be able to operate a network in a much smaller
footprint than ever before.
Why is this important?
The most common answer to a business owner or store manager
would be SPACE. In many cases the network and server(s) are hosted in a back
office area. The back office at many smaller companies is extremely
cramped, making hosting server and network equipment an obstacle. The same can
be said for a home office. People work from home now more than ever before
thanks to the internet and advances in technology. Working from home should not
require a tradeoff of your wardrobe closet or getting rid of the grandfather
clock for a bulky 6’ server cabinet. Whether it is a commercial property or a
residence, space will always be a concern.
What racking solutions are available to ease your space
One of our goals here at Kendall Howard is to always listen
and react to our ever-changing industry. We designed the Compact SOHO Server Cabinet to conveniently fit in areas a full size server cabinet
would not. Its condensed size is ideal for storage closets, under desks or
in storage areas without wasting valuable space. The Compact
SOHO Server Cabinet comes in two different
sizes, 8U and 12U, and can be ordered with or without doors.
What kind of features come with the SOHO?
Secure Enclosure: The quality construction provides a safe, secure cabinet
to store expensive equipment and devices. The locking front and rear doors
prevent unauthorized use, especially helpful for network configurations that
are in an open office environment.
- Lift-Off Front and Rear Doors: Unique hinge
system allows the front and rear doors to be easily removed when installing or
performing maintenance on equipment such as servers, network switches, battery
backups, and more. (Does not apply to SOHO cabinets without doors)
Included caster kit creates a mobile racking system perfect for home, small
office or studio environments.
Rails: Universal cage nut style rails can be adjusted from 3” to 29” deep
to accommodate various depth equipment.
Vented side panels and the included 78 cfm fan promote air flow and prevent hot
spots. SOHO Cabinets with doors also feature perforated doors for increased ventilation.
Routing Slot: The 10” x 2.25” cut out on the bottom rear of the cabinet
provides a cable entrance point for network, telecom and/or power cables.
What accessories work well with the SOHO Cabinet?
- A Cantilever Rack Shelf will support small non-rackmount equipment such as modems,
routers, small access points, and any other type of small networking components
that are not designed to mount directly into rack rails.
- A Universal Wire Minder can be used to manage power, fiber or CAT cables coming in or going
out of the rack unit.
- Do not forget Cage Nuts and Rack Screws for
securing your equipment into the cage nut style mounting rails. This hardware
is typically needed and is NOT included in the purchase of the racking
What’s the overall message?
Space matters. Network space is valuable and by
minimizing your rack footprint, the more space you’ll have for other goods
vital to your home and/or business. The Compact Series SOHO Server Cabinets can help accomplish your networking needs in a
condensed cabinet. Please contact the sales team
at Kendall Howard to learn about the SOHO Cabinet and other options to meet
your networking needs.