While there can be many advantages to renting an entire server rack such as network redundancy and physical security, it does have its share of disadvantages as well. Before making a decision about renting a full or partial rack, it’s important to think about the true needs of your company and take several major factors into consideration.
Cost of Renting the Entire Rack
What are the disadvantages of renting the entire rack? One of the biggest drawbacks is the higher cost of maintenance. When you rent a partial rack, you’re only paying for the rack units (U space) you need. With a full rack, you could end up footing the bill for any number of unoccupied U spaces.
Increased Size Means More Maintenance
In addition to the added cost that an entire rack brings, the larger size means it will also require extra space. Whether you choose to go with colocation or self-storage, the imposing size of a full rack will limit your housing options. This size increase will also translate into an increase in maintenance and hassle.
Limited Flexibility for Businesses
A final disadvantage that comes with renting the entire rack is reduced flexibility. By investing in the whole rack, you are committing to using the entirety of the U space in that rack, which is space that can become unnecessary if your needs decrease. Remember, it’s always possible to add more rack space as your business grows. It’s not as simple to find a productive way to use rack space that you no longer need.