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Which cabinets are preferable? Panduit or APC

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I am in charge of designing a new datacenter. I have one vendor who has proposed APC cabinets for our data center. Another, whom I would prefer to use, is really wanting me to go with Panduit. The problem is that there is about a $13,000 cost difference between the two brands for six cabinets, with Panduit being more expensive. Has anyone had experience dealing with either or both brands of cabinets? According the the panduit specs, it would seem they are much more solidly built. My vendor also swears that nobody can come close to Panduit racks for cable management. Is it worth it to spend the extra $13,000 on six Panduit cabinets, rather than the same number of APC?
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Both companies make good products, is there any difference in the specs for environmental monitoring, power, security, or cable management?
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The power specs are according to what brand PDU is purchased. The APC PDU is metered. I am waiting to hear back from my Panduit vendor.

The APC rack has a static load capacity of 3000lb, and a dynamic capacity of 2200lb. Each cabinet weighs 343lb.

The Panduit cabinets are about 450lb. The load rating is listed as 2500lb. That is not designated as either static or dynamic.

I think the key difference is in cable management. However, all I can say is that both quotes are offering both vertical and horizontal cable management.
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I don't know if I'd pay $13,000 for a few pieces of cable management equipment unless the infrastructure was going to be really cabling intensive.  Aside from the vertical and horizontal cable management pieces, the only other stuff you really need are some looping points to take up slack in the cables and a lot of double-sided velcro.
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