May 5, 2015

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Rack Mount LCD Monitor- A Guide for the Uninitiated

Rack Mount LCD Monitor- A Guide for the Uninitiated

Most people don’t exactly know how server systems work. If you have ever seen the inside of a server room, in a picture or for real, you must have seen large mainframe computers standing upright. Some of them are tall enough to touch the ceiling as well. Funny enough, these are not mainframe computers in most cases. Instead, they are a combination of powerful computer terminals neatly stacked on top of each other.

Servers are generally very powerful. The power is needed to host websites with databases that go as high as 1,000 GBs. However, does that mean that network engineers need to connect a different keyboard and mouse to each terminal? The answer is no. Since there is a minimum of three to four computer terminals in each server rack, it would take a very long time for the network engineers to connect, disconnect and then re-connect these peripherals to each computer. Instead, most companies use KVM switches to create a connection between the different computer terminals. KVM stands for keyboard, video and mouse. The switch allows different computer terminals to share a common peripheral amongst each other. With the help of a rack mount LCD monitor drawer, you can use one monitor and connect it to different computer terminals.

Why Buy One?

The tall, free-standing structures in the server room are referred to as server cabinets. They stack computers one on top of the other. There are separate railings in the server cabinet as well, allowing the network engineer to connect different pieces of equipment. As the name suggests, a rack mounted monitor drawer has support to be mounted on the server rack. They usually have a lid which you can shut down when not in use. A rack mount LCD monitor drawer saves a lot of space and also provides greater convenience to the user.

They don’t have to disconnect the monitor or leave it running in the server rack. Instead, once done, the network engineer simply turns down the lid in order to shut down the monitor. The whole drawer will seamlessly slide back in, occupying very little space. Most rack mounted LCD monitor drawers usually have a thickness of 1.75-inches. They are designed for use with LCD/LED monitors and have holders in place that fix the monitor in place.

Purchasing a rack mount LCD monitor is easy if you know which one you require. For starters, check the screen size of your monitor. Different drawers come in different shapes and sizes. If your monitor screen size is 20 inches, look for a rack-mount drawer that has support for a 20-inch monitor. Remember, the drawer does not have an open-ended frame.

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