Server Lift Cost and the Hidden ROI

Anyone who has used a purpose-built server lift in data center operations immediately understands how it provides convenience and improvements in data center safety and efficiency.

However, when purchasing a purpose-built server lift, it is easy to miss the hidden and ongoing cost savings. To get approval for an assisted lifting device, your IT staff will need to validate the lift’s return on investment (ROI).

Operational Savings

Our customers have told us that their server lift has positively affected their bottom line in the following ways:

Fewer Staff Members per Install

Once the IT staff begins using a server lift, the data center starts saving money. Instead of allocating three or four employees to help lift and steady a large server for an installation, the data center can assign one tech to do it single-handedly. The other employees can focus on other critical tasks such as software development, customer service, or network configuration. Fewer people get pulled off their assigned duties, making everyone more productive.

Data centers can avoid overtaxing their employees with cross-over shifts because one tech and a server lift can do the job on demand, instead of waiting for a second pair of hands on a shift change. That allows managers to cover 24-hour days and maintain uptime with the right number of employees on a shift, rather than pulling folks from other areas or other shifts to help out (often at double-time pay).

Savings from Reduced Installation Time

A server lift in a data center improves server installation efficiency by 300%. Techs can remove, transport, position, and install servers in a fraction of the time it takes to do it manually. Data center leaders who empower their teams with server lifting solutions generate savings in reduced labor costs all year long.

During large-scale migrations, the savings add up quickly. Imagine the time saved from faster installations combined with the ability to transport multiple servers simultaneously.

Savings from Improved Data Center Safety and Health

Equipment handling is streamlined through the use of server handling devices. Employee satisfaction, attendance, and retention go up significantly. Operators doing their jobs with the aid of a server lift feel supported by their employer because they were given the right tool for the job. Research at Google showed an amazing 37% increase in productivity when the company “invested more in employee support and employee satisfaction.” Economists from the University of Warwick demonstrated that “happiness made people around 12% more productive.”

Greater Savings from Avoiding Serious Accidents

A lift prevents expensive accidents. Staff injuries mean employee downtime. Equipment damage means hardware may have to be replaced and can be offline. The entire network and related services are at risk.

Serious injuries can result in an employee filing for Workman’s Compensation. Be prepared to dedicate a bunch of time to employee claims and remediation. Furthermore, insurance underwriters use a business’ claim history to determine its experience modification factor (e-mod), according to Workman’s Comp Essentials.

When a company reduces claims, it may receive a discount on its premiums.

One of ServerLIFT’s major customers, a large military contractor, understood the potential savings imparted by a lift after a work-related injury on their grounds resulted in a lawsuit. The cost of a server lift – or even many server lifts – was minor compared to the cost of the lawsuit, related downtime, and the operational interference it caused.

When data center staff see the economic and personal benefits associated with a purpose-built server lift, they encourage each other to use the lift. The culture of safety and best practices spreads throughout the workplace, distinguishing these businesses from their peers and making operations more cost-effective.

Cost Savings of a Server Lift in Colocation Facilities

Colocation facilities can reap both the savings and added revenue benefits when they use server lifts for their operations. Employees and your customers enjoy using server lifts.

Customers at a colocation facility want to get in and out with the least effort possible. Imagine the response to a nearby colo facility that opens its doors and is completely armed with purpose-built server lifts for their users’ convenience and safety. This gives a major advantage to the colo facility with the server lift when compared to the facility without one.

Server lifts in the data center generate greater staff productivity and savings in labor. In a situation where customers come into contact with the lifts, it can easily result in a higher conversion of leads to customers. Once your customers use the device, the word will spread. That means more customers for your facility and higher-density use of space for the operation, which reduces fixed costs per dollar of revenue.

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Understanding and explaining the benefits of a server lift in the workplace goes far beyond its bullet-point list of features. It’s a worthwhile investment, not an expense. The downstream implications of a purpose-built server lift acquisition include continually improving the convenience, safety, efficiency, and ROI for business procedures and operations.