Tower vs. rack

Some of the most popular server choices among LenovoPRO small and medium business owners are the ST tower series and SR rack series. 

Both are great choices, but which one do you use? Why? Which is better if you don't have one yet? The more fitting question if you don't have one might be which form factor is better for my business needs?

If you already have a rack or tower, what is your experience so far and why did you choose what you did? 

  • It depends on your needs.  A tower server is stand alone and does not require a rack to install it. You could put it under a desk somewhere.  With rack mount servers you are getting much more procession power for the amount of space that they use.  You can stack multiple rack mount server in one rack. 

  • Rackmount all day every day. There are very few use cases for a tower server due to the amount of space they take up. That is, if you're using towers, you likely have one or two. If you have 3+, you have an equipment rack. And if you only have 1 or 2 servers, do you really need servers or just a NAS for additional file storage?

  • Depends, the two primary factors I look at are install point (is it actually going in a rack?) and where is the server going to be placed? In an open office space? In a closet? What kind of ventilation/cooling is available? I use tower servers in many small business locations because there often isn't a dedicated rack available. Tower servers are quieter, run cooler, and look ok to place under a counter, or in a storage area, etc. If there is a rack available and proper ventilation is in place, then rackmount it is. 

  • When it comes to choosing a server for a small or medium business, two of the most popular choices are the ST tower series and the SR rack series from LenovoPRO. Both are excellent choices, but which one is right for your business?

    One key consideration is whether you need a server for websites, products, or SaaS. If you need a server for websites, the ST tower series is a great choice. It provides the power and performance you need to ensure your website stays up and running, even during peak traffic times. However, if you need a server for products or SaaS, the SR rack series is a better choice. It offers more flexibility and scalability, so you can easily add new products or services as your business grows.

    Another critical consideration is whether you already have a rack or tower. If you already have a rack, the SR rack series is a good choice. It offers more flexibility and scalability than the ST tower series, making it easier to expand your business in the future. However, the ST tower series is a better choice if you already have a tower. It offers more power and performance than the SR rack series, making it ideal for businesses that need to run complex websites or services.

    Ultimately, the best choice depends on your specific business needs. If you need a server for websites, products, or SaaS, the SR rack series is a great choice. However, if you already have a rack or tower, the ST tower series is a better choice. Whichever option you choose, LenovoPRO has the perfect server for your business needs.

  • For our environment, I strongly dislike when someone buys a tower for a server. All of our servers are centrally located in racks in each facility. It's a pain to add a rack with shelves to keep towers in.

  • Bottom line, don't buy a rack server if you don't have, or aren't planning to install, a new rack. It will be a bear to put anywhere as they are designed specifically for a rack system. As far as usability goes, no differences, imho.

  • When we setup servers for our clients in comes down to location most of our customers do not have racks so we use tower servers, when we have a customer that has a rack with available space then we will use a rack mount unit, one thing to note is most rack servers use 2.5" hard drives, and most tower servers use 3.5" hard drives