How much space should be planned around racks and equipment? The most common planning footprint for an equipment rack is normally considered to be 24 in. in width and 48 in. in depth, or 8.5 sq ft (factoring up slightly for larger IT equipment).
Where do I put server rack? Rack Location
There should be enough room around the front, rear, sides and top of a rack for cooling air flow and access for engineers. A rule of thumb is to allow up to 6 standard floor tiles (600×600mm) as a space onto which to place a server rack.
How do you layout a server rack? You should arrange rack enclosures in solid rows with hot aisles (where the racks are back-to-back) and cold aisles (where the racks are front-to-front). Arranging racks in a hot-aisle/cold-aisle layout can reduce energy use up to 20%. You should also “bay” rack cabinets by connecting them side-to-side.
How much space should be between rack and wall? Notes: You can position racks no closer than 45 cm (17.7 in.) to a wall. You can position racks alongside (next to) other racks. Because several rack designs are available from IBM and other vendors, space between adjacent racks might be required to open the door for service.