Physical Relocation of midrange servers
Posted on 2004-08-18
My department has been commanded to move a bunch of mid-range servers and ancillary devices, a few at a time, typically between 1 and 3U, to a new server room a couple of miles away. This command comes without a budget, i.e. we can't hire IBM to move them all for us.
I am not a mover, nor am I a "hardware guy." I'm a programmer turned PM who needs help figuring out how to safely move these from point a to point b. The good news is we have transport, so it looks like just a matter of packaging. A 1U machine is about 24"x40"x2" so that rules out going to Sam Ash to buy a bunch of gig cases, but a sturdy, foam-lined case seems to be along the lines of what we need, I just don't know how or where to find these.
I need some creative ideas on with what/from where and how to pack these things up, preferably from people who have done this sort of thing on the cheap. By cheap, I mean somewhere between cardboard with foam peanuts and hiring IBM.
This is a wacky request for this audience, and I appreciate your time. I'll happily award points outside of this question if I get ideas from a few different people.