RackSolutions is the brand name of the product range. This range is designed and manufactured by Innovation First, Inc. based in the United States. The RackSolutions brand name is synonymous in the US for innovative and very high quality products. When buying a RackSolutions product, you are getting something which is built to the highest specification and designed with problem solving in mind.
A brief History of Innovation First and the RackSolutions brand.
The company was founded in 1996 on the belief that innovation very early in the design process is necessary to produce simple and elegant designs. Innovation First began producing electronics for unmanned mobile ground robots, and is now the industry leader.
The RackSolutions division was formed in 1999 with the goal of becoming the "Rack Mount Problem Solvers". Innovation First works closely with all major computer manufacturers to provide custom mounting solutions which are now industry wide standards for rack compatibility and installed worldwide.
Custom products and fast design-to-build times are the cornerstones of Innovation First's success. With an engineering process designed to create prototypes in 48 hours and production within 2 weeks, Innovation First allows their customers to recover from racking issues before the problems become acute. The policy of absorbing engineering costs for the design of custom products means the customer only pays for the end product.
With over 90 years of combined engineering experience (70 years in the defence industry), Innovation First builds products to meet the demands and specifications of any customer. The RackSolutions product line consists of server cabinets, conversion brackets, shelves and rails, 4 post racks, and miscellaneous custom products. The in house engineers design the standard products to solve the majority of customers' racking needs, while also offering services for custom solutions. A service also offered in the UK through IBL Parts.
RackSolutions Success Stories
RackSolutions conversion brackets (patent pending) are now the industry standard for installing servers in 2 Post Relay Racks. These conversion brackets are utilised by Dell, Compaq, HP, IBM, and Gateway - it is a solution that supports broad installations including expansive data centres at Yahoo, Wal-Mart, and eBay. The images below show the installation at a Yahoo data centre.
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Through its commitment to excellence, Innovation First will continue to provide innovative and cost effective solutions to solve racking problems. But by far the biggest of RackSolutions success stories to date is with Dell Corporation.
RackSolutions and Dell
The first design that RackSolutions manufactured was for Yahoo involving Dell servers being installed in a 2 Post Rack environment. Since that time Dell and Innovation First have worked together to ensure that Dell servers could be mounted in different rack environments. Predominantly through the server specific rails kits for the likes of the PowerEdge 750, PowerEdge 1850 and the PowerEdge 2950. RackSolutions is a multi million dollar brand in its own right and is a much valued business partner of Dell in the USA and EMEA.
What’s the link between IBL Parts and RackSolutions?
IBL Parts (UK) Ltd was chosen to be the sole UK & European distributor of RackSolutions products in 2005 by Innovation First. We were selected because of our professionalism, technical product knowledge and high customer service that we offer. Since then IBL Parts have grown to become a leading authority on rack mount solutions and problem solving.
More information on IBL Parts can be found in the About Us section.