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Rack Diagrams

Any computer network can be also called a digital network. Such network allows to share the needed resources with the networked computing devices, exchanging data with each other by using a so-called "data link". There are many connections between the nodes in the computer networks that are known to be established by using either wireless media or a cable media.

Computer networks are known to be supporting a lot of different services and applications. They can be different in terms of the transmission medium that is used for carrying their signals, communications protocols for organizing the necessary network traffic, topology, organizational intent and the network's size. One of the best-known computer network is Internet.

Different network computer devices can route, terminate and originate the data network. Such network is known for including hosts such as phones, servers, networking hardware and personal computers. Two of the listed devices can be networked together in the case one of them can exchange the information with another.

If there are 19" network equipment, a rack diagram is a drawing that can help to design as well as to document it. Once the equipment is purchased, rack diagrams can help you determine which one needs to be bought. It is also possible to store such data as location and serial number.

The Rack Diagrams solution can be used while working in the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and drawing software in order to create the necessary rack diagrams.

Choosing any of the 54 vector shapes from its stencil library, you can use the Rack Diagrams solution for visualizing 19" rack mounted computers and servers.

The Rack Diagrams solution can be useful for many users of the ConceptDraw PRO who deal with computer networks, such as IT specialists; computer, network and telecommunication engineers; software engineers, technical writers, IT managers, system administrators, technical support, webmasters, system architects and engineers.

There is 1 stencil library containing 55 vector shapes to help create various types of rack diagrams or server rack diagrams.

Design Elements — Rack Diagrams

Design Elements — Rack Diagrams


There are a few samples that you see on this page which were created in the ConceptDraw PRO application by using the Rack Diagrams solution. Some of the solution's capabilities as well as the professional results which you can achieve are all demonstrated here on this page.

All source documents are vector graphic documents which are always available for modifying, reviewing and/or converting to many different formats, such as MS PowerPoint, PDF file, MS Visio, and many other graphic ones from the ConceptDraw Solution Park or ConceptDraw STORE. The Rack Diagrams solution is available to all ConceptDraw PRO users to get installed and used while working in the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and drawing software.

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


Rack Diagrams Solution for Mac OS X

Rack Diagrams Solution for  Microsoft Windows

What I Need to Get Started

Both ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and drawing software and the Rack Diagrams solution can help creating the rack diagrams you need. The Rack Diagrams solution can be found in the Computer and Networks area of ConceptDraw STORE application that can be downloaded from this site. Make sure that both ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw STORE applications are installed on your computer before you get started.

How to install

After ConceptDraw STORE and ConceptDraw PRO are downloaded and installed, you can install the Rack Diagrams solution from the ConceptDraw STORE.

Rack Diagrams Solution — Install

Start using

To make sure that you are doing it all right, use the pre-designed symbols from the stencil libraries from the solution to make your drawings look smart and professional. Also, the pre-made examples from this solution can be used as drafts so your own drawings can be based on them. Using the samples, you can always change their structures, colors and data.

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.