As data center customers and their systems grow, server racks inevitably require changes in terms of hardware as well as on-premise relocation to accommodate that growth. Uptime is always a factor for these companies, so faster scaling is always a concern for DCMs. The goal is to enable faster, more efficient moves where data center relocation causes limited disruption to the center overall as well as the client’s compute needs.
Relocating a client’s servers within a data center requires careful planning and execution. That all starts with creation of a detailed move plan that includes the equipment move sequence, back-up operations during the move, installation & testing, and ongoing operations.
The sequencing plan, which outlines the specific equipment relocation steps, is very dependent on the need of the client in terms of scheduling and operational access. As a consequence, it’s almost like a highly choreographed dance as to how each device will be positioned within the racks and how each rack module will be positioned within the overall raised floor space in a given time frame.
Here is where speed, economy of movement and physical disruption as well as flexibility all converge to enable faster scaling through the use of the right lift servers. Typically in a data center there are installations with very heavy equipment (massive 15U – switches, Blade frames), which makes installation of the device to the rack nearly impossible without the proper lifting equipment.
Of course, just having the right server lifts is not enough in itself to ensure faster scaling. Move personnel must be proficient in their use and have a clear plan of execution in terms of the differing steps of removal, transport and insertion of hardware at the new location point.
It is also essential to have a well-coordinated plan that takes into account ensuring aspects such as:
- The appropriate electrical distribution
- HVAC capacities
- Back-up power
- Compliance with building codes and local ordinances
Additionally, the audit of equipment to be moved, defined exit path info and removal procedures as well as source and target checklists for the move are crucial to accuracy and speed once the move begins. The move needs to be timed down to the hour and even the minute to ensure that the client’s data center relocation happens quickly.
While server equipment will be the last to be powered off, and the first to be powered on, cabling infrastructure must be an early stage of completion in the move. That means that the new cabling runs must be completed with the old cabling still in place in order to ensure optimum uptime during the move. DCMs and engineers have to remain on top of new modular server enclosure options as well as cabling and PoE capabilities that can decrease cabling configuration times and overall relocation efforts.
Comprehensive data center relocation risk assessments are necessary to identify obstacles and recommend solutions for redundant and fault-tolerant network & support infrastructure for mission critical environments. This is where the right server lifts and its configuration will play a major part in everything from meeting safety and emission standards to server aisle and vertical space limitations.
Data center relocation is a delicate balance between the needs of the client in terms of the move window as well as the needs of other clients in a multi-tenant environment. Regardless of the size and reasons for the move, DCMs have to bring the latest tools, techniques and technologies to bear in order to ensure the move is fast, efficient safe and cost effective.
To learn about the ServerLIFT options that can enable the speed, flexibility and safety that modular data centers require, contact us online or call +1 602-254-1557 to speak with a ServerLIFT specialist.