Utilizing Great Lakes integration services means we do the easy work for you; labor and freight costs are reduced, and when the enclosure arrives, you’re able to focus on the things that matter—no time is spent opening unnecessary boxes or installing countless cage nuts.


Streamline data center deployments with configured enclosures from Great Lakes! Purchased Great Lakes accessories can be integrated into enclosures at no additional cost. Accessories which cannot be installed prior to shipping (e.g. overhead cable troughs) will be packaged and placed inside the enclosure. Enclosures that are configured with stocked accessories are packaged and shipped within 24-48 hours after receipt of order.


Enclosures often require installation of patch panels, PDU’s, UPS’s, or other components once onsite. These third-party products can be installed at Great Lakes prior to shipping; product can be drop shipped to Great Lakes, stored for current and future orders, then installed and shipped in the enclosure as needed. When requested, Great Lakes is able to source these special components and have parts delivered directly to our warehouse. Third-party products can be inventoried and used for enclosure orders; when inventory is low, the customer will be notified and additional parts can be ordered if necessary.


Full-time acertified electricians on staff can provide a variety of electrical services, including:

  • Custom wiring and conduit installation for either line voltage and/or data wires

  • Wiring of various types of line voltage receptacles, plugs and devices

  • Installing various types of low voltage sensors (i.e. door and temperature sensors)

  • Wiring for intake/exhaust fans


Power inside the enclosure has grown from a simple strip, to the hub of communication for contents and environmental communication inside the enclosure.  Great Lakes partners with major manufacturers of Power Distribution Units (PDUs) to bring the most complete solutions to our customers.

Functionality of power products can include the following:

  • Basic Power Strip

  • PDU Metered

  • PDU Metered and Outlet Switched

  • Outlet Metered

  • Outlet Metered and Outlet Switched

Form factors are either vertical or horizontal for all functionalities

There are a variety of input plugs ranging in current, phase, and voltage with the most common options including:

  • L6-30

  • L21-30

  • IEC C20

  • IEC Splashproof / Watertight

  • California Style

Each PDU can vary in output receptacles, with a number of different combinations of quantities, some even capable of being changed in the field:

  • 5-20R

  • IEC C13

  • IEC C19

Every intelligent PDU has a monitoring device that allows the PDU to be connected to the network. Not only does this allow for remote monitoring or management of the PDU from anywhere on the network, but the same device can often times be used for serial port communication, sensors, displays, and ports used to daisy chain multiple PDUs together. Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions utilize a variety of sensors that tie into these PDUs. Temperature, humidity and dew point sensors are often integrated directly into the enclosure. Other sensors often incorporated into the system include door contact, smoke alarms/detectors, VDCM, flood, current transducer, leak detection, and power failure. There are even wireless sensors that can communicate back to a central wireless gateway, pre-installed and ready for configuration upon delivery.

bas and dcim solutions

As part of Great Lakes’ integration services, Great Lakes is able to install components of Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)* solutions. Customers can have components dropped shipped to Great Lakes, or items can be directly sourced by Great Lakes.

Enclosures integrated with BAS/DCIM components can include the following:


  • Sensors can be installed in multiple locations on the front and/or rear doors to measure temperature and pressure differentials within the enclosure

  • Commonly used to measure temperature, humidity, and pressure

  • Additional sensors to monitor dew point, water detection, etc.

  • The majority of PDUs accept a limited number of sensors, typically 2 or 3; expansion bays can be installed to increase the amount of monitoring in an enclosure

asset managers

  • Installed in the front of the enclosure, typically along the inside frame or front rail

  • Inventories equipment installed in each RMU of the enclosure

  • Advanced options include ability to monitor power usage of each piece of equipment

power distribution units (pdus)

  • PDUs compatible with sensor monitoring

  • Advanced options include receptacle level management

  • Enclosures able to accept major PDU manufacturers

  • A variety of mounting options including standard PSBKES brackets, angled PDU brackets, and brackets that install on the rear of mounting rails; brackets are designed to make access to PDU receptacles and displays easier

*Please note that Great Lakes does not assist with software / hardware installation and maintenance.

access control solutions

In the past, the enclosure was simply a place in which to store equipment. With the increased cost of equipment and the exponential increase in the value of data, the enclosure must often be the final layer of security protecting critical infrastructure. Great Lakes can offer access control solutions that provide:

  • Audit trail reports

  • A centralized software platform monitors in real time, create reports, and manages users and equipment

  • Assistance in maintaining physical security compliance with industry regulations, including: PCI DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, and FIPS

  • Mobile authentication options so administrators can grant access to cabinets via tablet or cell phone

  • Proprietary protocol to ensure secure communication

  • Ability to be integrate with individual communication nodes or a bus system to allow scalability from one to thousands of entry points

Entry options include:

  • Electromechanical handles with biometrics, card, or multi-factor authentication

  • End of row devices that can unlock multiple enclosures

  • Handles with RFID readers that can tie directly into an existing security system

  • Stand-alone handles that locally store RFID and pin numbers and are not centrally managed

  • Mechanical handles including pin, hasp lock, or non-standard key

"rack and stack"

When stocked enclosures and installed accessories (Great Lakes accessories or third-party products) become the standard for large projects and future orders, those products can become part of our “Rack & Stack” program. Enclosures are pre-configured and available on the warehouse floor for immediate shipment. In addition, customer-specific part numbers are assigned to configured enclosures for easy ordering; a single part number encompasses the enclosure itself and all items that are installed within it. When custom enclosures are continuously ordered in large quantities, the custom enclosure can also become part of Great Lakes standing inventory—ready to ship when needed.

identifying your enclosure

A serial number can be found on the inside bottom of every Great Lakes enclosure. Serial numbers allow our inside sales reps to view exactly which enclosure was ordered, as well as where any accessories may have been installed. Looking to swap doors on your enclosure or in need of cable management? Simply supply Great Lakes with the serial number and we can ensure that any new parts are compatible with existing enclosures.