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Museum Server Racks - Part 2

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A lot of progress has been made since the project began. These pictures show some of the intermediate steps.

Here I am installing a vertical PDU (Power Distribution Unit):

Power outlets are installed on the ceiling and are twist-lock to reduce the chances of accidentally unplugging something from the wall:

The racks are pre-wired with cat5e to support gigabit ethernet as well as other forms of communication. We hired certified cabling contractors for this work. System Admins will not need to run cables between racks as each server can be patched and powered inside its own rack.

The grey flexible conduits hold fiber network connectivity and electrical ground.

Data and power are partitioned using hardware from the rack vendor.

EVERYTHING is labeled!

The excess power cables tuck nicely into the side channel of these extra-wide APC racks. Velcro only, no zip-ties!

Power cables to the ceiling outlets are custom NEMA L5-20P (male) to NEMA 5-20R (female).

A few parts of the project are still in progress (such as the cooling ductwork), but in general we are ready to receive network switches and servers!

We have power!

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