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Server rack withstanding physical vibrations of environment

Hi,
A client of mine has a server rack running near a huge 20 ton 'hammer' that shakes the entire building every few seconds.

The servers have kept running for a while, but I'm concerned they may start to experience issues due to the vibrations.  

Is this something I should be concerned about?  What can I do to prevent the shock to the servers?  Are there any specialized racks that can help?
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aleghart has the easiest and cheapest solution I think, but to answer your initial question, yes that kind of vibration can damage hard disks, it can also cause the loosening and eventual detachment and failure of other components over time. Servers really are not vibration friendly.
One thing to keep in mind that the dampener mounts can handle the weight of the rack and just as critically can hold it in place when one of your servers is hanging out of the rack.  Last think you need is the whole thing toppling over.
^ yes, same applies to racks on casters.  Bottom-load those with the UPS units and battery packs.  The mounts I was proposing are bolted to the slab or deck with up to 6 bolts on each corner...better than the single bolt normally used.