Rack planning

Dave Smith dave at thesmithfam.org
Thu Apr 2 15:27:01 MDT 2009

By the way, my company created a Visio add-in to do the same thing, and 
after about 3 racks full of gear, Visio used over 1GB of RAM and ground 
to a halt. Needless to say, we aren't Visio experts, and I was only too 
happy to have a reason to ditch Visio.

We ended up rolling our own software with Qt, and it rocks.

All you data center monkeys out there: Would this sort of tool be useful 
to you? It lets you drag-and-drop equipment into racks, create custom 
equipment "stencils", cable stuff together, etc. It can produce lots of 
nice reports, like rack elevation documents and cable labels.


William Attwood wrote:
> Visio has 3rd party software you can use to lay out specific hardware 
> in specific racks; down to the make and model of servers and other 
> devices.
> Google visio server stencils
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Apr 2, 2009, at 12:22 PM, Dave Smith <dave at thesmithfam.org> wrote:
>> Pluggers:
>> Does anyone know of software (commercial, Free, or otherwise) that 
>> can be used to layout server racks? Think data center. I want 
>> software to help me plan out, physically, where my servers and other 
>> equipment will reside in their respective racks. Ideally, it would 
>> also help me plan cabling needs as well (like how long my cat-5 
>> cables or power cables need to be).
>> Any ideas?
>> --Dave

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