by Kendall Howard
on Monday, June 15, 2015 8:15:00 AM
Over the past few decades, we’ve seen the mobile device
industry drastically change. Years ago the trend was to have a Blackberry, then
a flip phone, and now we have touch screen devices – some of which you can
answer with your watch! But even with the technological advancements that so
overwhelmingly impresses us, we’re not just talking about the change in look.
The actual size of these devices has dramatically changed as well. When cell
phones first hit the market, it was considered a trend to simply have one – the
look or size didn’t matter. Then it turned into wanting phones that would slide
open and become “bigger”, followed by having a phone so compact that it could
easily fit inside a shirt pocket. And now it’s evolved to a having a phone with
the largest/widest screen ever. So we
wondered, in terms of these devices, how much does size matter? What IS the
next big thing?
These same questions can also be applied to the server
rack/cabinet industry. What IS the next big thing to hit our market? Currently,
the standard 19” EIA rack dominates the industry. But will that always be the
case? In recent years wider cabinets have made their way into the market. So we
asked ourselves, will those larger sizes take the cake and change the face of
our industry? Or will racks and cabinets follow the cell phone trend and go
smaller and more compact? Just how much will a few measly inches impact our
Well, let me tell you, whether or not our cabinets shrink or
become wider, size does matter! In fact, it will dramatically affect the way
Kendall Howard and other manufacturers do business! Whether you’re a reseller,
installer or end-user, it doesn’t matter, you’ll feel this shift.
On the one hand, if racks and cabinets grew wider, those
couple of extra inches will leave you with room for larger/wider equipment.
Seems simple enough, but by having more width in your rack means more space to
expand your network and electrical capabilities, and potentially your overall
abilities. It also could mean cutting down on the amount of physical space you
need therefore making your IT footprint smaller, more efficient, and perhaps
even less cluttered. And if the industry does “go big” we are already somewhat
prepared. There are some accessories out there that work with wider equipment
to help hold smaller devices and components in place. So in this case, we can
adapt to the size and bigger is better.
But what if the industry “goes small” and now your equipment
doesn’t fit? What will you do then? As far as we know there’s no bracket or
hinge that can make large devices fit into small spaces. (It’s like trying to
fit a giant square peg into a small round hole – it just won’t fit!) If this were
the new trend, you’d have no choice but to replace all your devices and
components with new products that will fit. Yes, with smaller network systems
you could save some space, but at what cost? Is it worth it? Before we act we
should consider how “going small” would affect us and if smaller is better.
Regardless if the trend “goes big or goes small” both would
definitely add some major to-dos to everyone’s lists. Sadly there’s no magic
wand to suddenly make all your electrical devices the right size and fit just
perfectly in the new size. And there’s no genie to change out the components
for you either – that immense task is still on the shoulders of the installers.
So yes, when it comes to the IT rack and cabinet industry, size does matter and
does make a difference!
Now that we’ve evaluated the effects a new size standard
rack would have on the industry, we pose this question again: What is the next
big thing?! What, if any, new size will take over the industry? And if a new
size indeed sweeps the market, is it smart for Kendall Howard to switch its
core model and redesign all of our components, racks, and enclosures to
accommodate the new size? Is it worth the major change? We’d love to hear your
feedback on this so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what
you think! What do YOU think is the next “big” thing?