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Glossary of Technical Terms

Network Cabinet



A network cabinet (or rack) allows servers, test instruments, telecommunications components, tape drives and audio/video equipment to be organized in a spacious yet rugged rack. The electronics and computing devices come in rack-mounted packages bolted to the side frames of the racks. If the electronics and computing devices are not rack-mountable, they can be placed on shelves that are also bolted to the side frames of the racks. Racks vary in size and shape but usually have a standard cabinet width of 19’’ or 23’’ and can be enclosed with sides or left open without the sides.