How to Use This Tool
Tripp Lite's Rack Planner is a simple tool for planning and documenting how space will be used in a server or network rack. It is intended to be used early in a project when specific devices may not have been selected.
Create a Rack Layout in 3 Easy Steps
Enter the name and location of your project.
Enter a name for your first rack, choose the type and height (in rack units),
then click Edit to add devices to your rack.
Drag a device from the sidebar to the rack. Enter power and weight values in the
device properties popup. Move the device to its desired position on the mounting rail.
Your project is saved in your browser's local storage so you can return to it at any time. You can also export your project as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and email it to yourself, a colleague or a Tripp Lite Data Center Application Engineer.
Give this Project a name that all stakeholders would recognize and use e.g. ACME Denver Data Centre Expansion. See Rack Name Help for more information on naming conventions.
Use this field to specify the location of the racks in the Project. See Rack Name Help for more information on naming conventions.
Give each rack a name so you can easily identify it.
If you don't currently have a naming scheme, you may want to develop one. IT asset naming conventions are typically hierarchical and provides both precision and extensibility.
For example, an asset name might reflect the following hierarchy:
- Company or Division
- Building (B#)
- Floor (F#)
- Closet (optional) (C#)
- Rack (R#)
If ACME Division had a rack located in London, the rack name might be AC-EMEA-UKLN02-B4F2R14. This would be interpreted as:
- Company = ACME
- Region = EMEA
- Country = UK
- City = London
- Location = 02
- Building = 4
- Floor = 2
- Closet = not specified
- Rack = 14
The total power draw (expressed in Watts) of all devices in the rack. The Rack Planner provides typical values for each device that you can modify.
The total heat generated by equipment in the rack. This is a calculated value based on the power consumed by devices in the rack.
The total weight in pounds of the rack plus all devices contained in it. The Rack Planner provides typical values for each device that you can modify.