Here are three reasons why rack slider seats are great.
When working on server farms, (especially when installing or modifying a bank of equipment) nobody wants to go look for a chair, dragging it through passageways, down the narrow aisles, just to find out it is completely in the way of everyone else who may need to pass by. This is why a rack slider seat is so useful. It is a seat, placed at the perfect height, in the perfect place, to be accessed when it is needed.
When not in use it disappears into the rack, so others like those working a different shift do not have to climb over a chair or fumble around to pass something left obstructing the aisle.
A rack builder knows space is very tight in server farms. The reason is the cost savings. The more equipment, placed in a server room, the more efficient the design. This is because these rooms are special. They need expensive climate control. They need high levels of security. The design is for equipment, not necessarily for people. Nevertheless, people working there, occupy that space as well.
Sometimes they are moving or installing 1u rack servers, or updating software by loading it directly into the servers. Often they are upgrading ram or hard drive memory. Standard office chairs are too bulky to fit easily in the narrow aisle space in server farms. These office chairs also are not adjustable enough, especially when it comes to height adjustment. On the other hand, a rack slider seat is inserted into the rack at the perfect height for the use by the human operator.
The rack slider seat is right there when it is needed and disappears into the rack when not in use. It can also be easily moved to another location.
Nobody likes to work in cramped spaces, bent over, for many hours at a time. It is hard to concentrate. It strains the back. Additionally, when not facing the work at the proper height and position, the entire job is miserable. This leads to mistakes and/or poor job performance. The last thing anyone wants is the technical staff to feel burdened physically when doing their work.
They already have enough responsibilities. A rack slider seat is not comfortable in the same way as kicking back on a soft sofa. What makes a rack slider seat comfortable, is the ability to put them in exactly the right place. A seat in a rocket ship is comfortable in the same way. When seated in the space shuttle for example, all the instrumentation and proper equipment to work with, is within easy reach. Rack slider seats follow the same principle: being able to sit without physical strain in the proper position.
The rack slider seat is a great innovation for those who manage server farms. It is one of those things so useful and appropriate that many technicians have a similar reaction to them. They appreciate them and they say to themselves, “Why didn’t I think of that?”