Rack Diagrams

This solution extends ConceptDraw PRO with samples, templates and libraries of vector stencils, to help create various types of Rack Diagrams or Server Rack Diagrams.

Rack Diagrams visualize the rack mounting of computer and network equipment as a frontal view of the rack with the equipment installed. They are used for racking, when choosing which equipment or racks to buy, and to see if a particular configuration works, without having to go through a physical install.


There is 1 stencil library containing 33 vector shapes to help create various types of rack diagrams or server rack diagrams.

Design Elements — Rack Diagrams

Design Elements — Rack Diagrams

Examples

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Rack Diagrams Solution; they demonstrate a portion of the solution's capabilities and the professional results you can achieve.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio XML, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Rack Diagrams Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

Example 1: Application Server Rack Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Rack Diagrams Library from the Rack Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows an Application server rack diagram. A Rack Diagram visualizes the rack mounting of computer or network equipment that is often used as a server. ConceptDraw PRO software extended with the Rack Diagrams Solution can be successfully used for racking and drawing various professional rack diagrams.

Application Server Rack Diagram

Example 2: Rack Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Rack Diagrams Library from the Rack Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.

The variety of tools present in the Rack Diagrams Solution for ConceptDraw PRO allows you to easily draw the frontal view of a rack with equipment installed. It is one of the most useful and convenient solutions on the rack solutions software market.

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Example 3: Rack Diagram — Virtualized Computer Center

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Rack Diagrams Library from the Rack Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample visualizes a Virtualized Computer Center. To design a rack diagram in ConceptDraw PRO, simply drag the metal frame icon from the Rack Diagrams Library, and devices you need to fill the rack from the same area – objects depicting various hardware devices such as servers, routers, raid, UPS, hard disk drives, modems and other electronic equipment.

Rack Diagram — Virtualized Computer Center

Example 4: Rack Diagram — Rackunit

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Rack Diagrams Library from the Rack Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows a Rack unit (RU or U). A Rack unit is a unit of measure describing the height of specialized telecommunication and IT equipment that is located inside the rack. The size of a piece of rack-mounted equipment is denoted as U, so 1U is one rack unit, 2U signifies two rack units, and so on.

Rack Diagram

Example 5: Typical Server Rack Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Rack Diagrams Library from the Rack Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample illustrates the Rack Diagram of a typical server configuration. Rack Diagrams are widely used when choosing and buying racks and equipment, and they help to visualize the equipment as it stands on the racks. Design with consummate ease your own professional looking rack diagrams in ConceptDraw PRO.

Typical Server Rack Diagram

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Rack Diagrams Solution for Mac OS X

Rack Diagrams Solution for  Microsoft Windows

What I Need to Get Started

ConceptDraw PRO and the “Rack Diagrams” solution, found in the Computer and Networks area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, are all you need to get started. Make sure both are installed on your computer.

How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw Store and ConceptDraw PRO. Next, install the “Rack Diagrams” solution using ConceptDraw Store.

Rack Diagrams Solution — Install

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Rack Diagrams Solution — Install

Rack Diagram

Most of us have heard tales or seen pictures of the very first examples of computer hardware systems — hulking machinery that filled entire rooms, despite their (compared to today's standards) relatively small processing power. For instance, the appropriately named Colossus computer, designed to aid codebreakers during WWII, stood 7ft high by 17ft wide by 11ft deep, and weighed in at an impressive five tonnes.

In the modern era, the most powerful computer systems still require the services of entire rooms, or even whole buildings; the difference of course is that the output of computational processes and calculations has increased exponentially. Often termed as server rooms or data centres, these locations are capable of storing a vast array of separate hardware technologies, that run in sequence and as a complement to each other. Let's take a look at the sort of components that make up a contemporary computer system, and what they are used for:

  • Servers — a broad term generally used to describe a piece of hardware that stores large amounts of data, capable of being accessed by multiple clients.
  • Network switches — a hub that connects multiple devices in a network to facilitate communication between them.
  • RAID — standing for redundant array of hard disk drives, this is the term given to a collection of physical data drives that are logically combined to assist with data storage and recovery.
  • RAIM — a redundant array of independent memory uses the same theory as RAID to prevent memory failures and to keep a system operating continuously.
  • UPS — an uninterruptible power supply acts as a backup in case of main power malfunction.
  • NAS — network attached storage is a specialized form of server that provides solely file-based data storage to other devices on a network.
Rack Diagram

An example from the ConceptDraw PRO Rack Diagrams solution of the kind of design elements that can be used in a diagram

A typical data centre will house multiple instances of each of these devices, as well as other common hardware such as monitors or printers, and a whole host of technology that allows network nodes to interact — routers, repeaters, and KVM switches to name but a few. To house such an assortment in an efficient and logical manner, a technical standard has been devised for server racks, allowing rows of hardware to be stacked upon each other, while making it easy for new hardware to added where space is available. These free standing storage spaces come in 19-inch and 23-inch wide variants — height is measured in terms of 'rack units', a typical structure being 42 rack units tall.

Rack Diagram

A typical rack diagram, designed using ConceptDraw PRO

Before installing what can be a complicated and extensive array of hardware, most industries will perform a planning stage, that involves careful and accurate representation of the finished data center in diagram form. The benefits are clear — it's an opportunity to troubleshoot any logistical problems without the physical labor of constructing and deconstructing the server racks; inefficiencies can be spotted before they show up in real-time. For the various types of company that have need for a server room — telecommunication systems, online gaming hosts, entertainment industries and cloud services, for example — a rack diagram can be a really valuable time-saver.

It's important that the software used to create a rack diagram contains templates that adhere to industry standards, and provides a wide selection of device icons to cover multiple styles of arrangement for a variety of network situations. ConceptDraw PRO extended with the Rack Diagrams solution offers comprehensive support in this area, incorporating a selection of samples and vector image libraries that allow the user to construct a rack diagram of any complexity in just a matter of moments.

With help videos, how-to guides, and of course the templates offered within the Rack Diagrams solutions, it's never been easier to put together professional looking designs that accurately describe possibilities for complex networks and data farms.