I recently got transferred to a new place that has about 50 users and barely the space for them. Just earlier I was browsing and stumbled upon this gem:
I asked to see the data center. The IT manager told me that the organization used to have a nice room for its servers, but a company executive took the space over for a bigger office. His old office went to the executive’s given assistant.
I asked the IT guy to show me where the servers were. Much to my horror, they had been relocated to the janitor’s closet, which was infernally hot without ventilation.
I think I am in a similar predicament, but now what I have to work with is a corridor, a door wide, partitioned from one exec office. Inside that corridor amongst the stored rubbish, there is one sad network rack with a tower server at the bottom of it. The whole thing is barely functional.
One engineer I brought through a vendor I usually deal with recommended expanding the space by at least one meter for the placement of a 19" rack mount, but the execs are hesitant and want me to look into other options, and I am not sure I have many.
As I said the partioined corridor currently is almost a door wide and 5 meters long and air conditioned by a single unit. The main problem with that setup is accessing the back of the rack.
One option is to have a moving rack that I can push outside, well outside won't suffice either.
Or replace the partition with a glass sliding doors that can be flung open whenever there is a need to.
Or convince the execs to relocate the whole thing which will cost more money and space.
What do you think?