Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


58 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 2


Topic # 157462 2-Dec-2014 11:23
Send private message

Hey,
Strange place to ask but hopefully you guys can help.
I'm the lone IT Sys Admin for a company in Auckland which has experienced 300% growth in 12 months and we recently had to relocate offices fairly quickly to handle this.  Because it happened so fast we couldn't move our on-premise server room (2x racks and a bunch of incoming customer lines) so we are currently running a site to site VPN between our old and new offices.   Wasn't a problem as we had a long term lease until next year anyway.

Anyway, time has come to relocate the servers but I cannot find a company who specialise or have experience in IT Server Room relocations.   I'm not comfortable having just any removal firm chucking rack servers in a van, and when I did this in the UK we had companies who loaded equipment into foam crates etc for the journey so thinking something like this.

 

Any suggestions?   Would be for 1-2x racks of rack servers/UPS plus some smaller comms equipment in the Auckland CBD area.

 

Thanks!

Create new topic
956 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 346
Inactive user


  Reply # 1186916 2-Dec-2014 11:31
Send private message

We always used Fliway Transport for our data center moves, don't recall any damaged or non working items

3199 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1727

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1187020 2-Dec-2014 12:43
Send private message

When a former employer of mine did this, they just did it themselves. 

Brought lots of bubble wrap, hired a bunch of removal blankets, moved the delicate stuff themselves in multiple trips for redundancy in a van, and let generic movers move the less important stuff (racks themselves etc)




Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

 

Thinking about signing up to BigPipe? Get $20 credit with my referral link.


3395 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 397

Trusted

  Reply # 1187087 2-Dec-2014 13:51
One person supports this post
Send private message

It will be more expensive but maybe get an IT company to do it?





17249 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4927

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1187167 2-Dec-2014 15:23
One person supports this post
Send private message

Lias: When a former employer of mine did this, they just did it themselves. 

Brought lots of bubble wrap, hired a bunch of removal blankets, moved the delicate stuff themselves in multiple trips for redundancy in a van, and let generic movers move the less important stuff (racks themselves etc)


This is how the vast majority of our clients do it with us.

2090 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 848


  Reply # 1187180 2-Dec-2014 15:36
Send private message

Any SME IT company would probably do it for you, but you will pay for the privilege.

When I last run around a lot of transport places didn't want to go near it or would charge the earth. YMMV.

21 posts

Geek


  Reply # 1187539 2-Dec-2014 22:37
Send private message

Maybe look at doing this yourself with the help of a friend. 
Plan the move carefully etc. and all should go fine :)

You could hire an IT Company to do this for you, however as others have mentioned it could get costly. OR you could do most of the ground work, then contract someone in to help out.



2275 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 364

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1187543 2-Dec-2014 22:43
Send private message

You'll want some help if you're going to shift things yourself. The most I've shifted by myself is around 15U, and you'll be amazed how tired you get racking and stacking. If you have a large UPS you're in for some fun.

Start by labeling ALL your cables on both ends, one label stating which device and port it's going into, the other label stating which switch port it's plugged into. Will make re-cabling much much easier!





Meow
7519 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3632

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1187566 2-Dec-2014 23:10
One person supports this post
Send private message

Why not just hire a few racks in a Datacentre and move your stuff there? The idea being it'll help with Disaster Recovery and mean you shouldn't have to move / can expand easier if needed, I also think there is the potential for quite a few of your servers to be virtualized to potentially condense down the racks a bit if you're moving them to a DC. Our guys in Auckland have assisted with quite a few of these moves, we're not a moving company but the guys have what it takes to de-assemble a rack and move it to somewhere else and even assist with bringing up the network again in its new home.






58 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 2


  Reply # 1187872 3-Dec-2014 11:56
One person supports this post
Send private message

Thanks guys.

Seems like my best bet is going to be to move it ourselves.   Urgh, that'll be fun for sure!  We have 36U of rack servers, 6U of UPS, 12U of network equipment plus and entire rack size system called a Tandem (HP Non Stop now)!

I tried to get them to move it to co-lo a while back but the company is US owned and they wanted each regional office to have systems on premise, plus what doesn't help are the timelines.   Last year from the time I got told we are moving office to the time we actually moved was 4 weeks and we've added nearly 200 staff in a few months, but no extra IT staff so just me still!  No joke, so we had no choice but to maintain our existing systems in place and just move staff as we have 8 different incoming lines for customers MPLS etc which couldn't move that quick.  Since then the company hasn't had a single weekend where I could get approval to move, but with our old building lease rapidly expiring they have to give me the time to do it so I know it'll happen pretty quick.  I have most of the new links in place at our new premise and are gradually phasing these over as they come online.

I've already done all the legwork cabling wise.  I have all the old setup already documented, and in our new office I already have new racks in place (as the old ones were horrible cheap crap), and these are already powered/cabled/labeled etc so its literally an unrack, move and re-rack and plug in the already marked up cables.   The next part is just the external IP changes/mx records for the new location and change the site to site VPN to reflect any changes so I'm hoping it goes OK.

Most of the systems are virtualized anyway but I have a budget request in for this coming year to replace all the hardware anyway as it approaches its 5yr life cycle and it will reduce the footprint from 36u of rack servers down to 8U.  I was hoping to have this prior to to move to avoid moving, but lo and behold they budget approval is taking to long so its no go.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34


Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.