The Lesser Known Secret to Data Center Protection

October 27, 2016 James Kummer

You’ve thoroughly analyzed the business need, created a design and gotten budget to build or refresh your data center. To speed deployment, you take advantage of new converged infrastructure solutions and fully populated IT cabinets. The company is anxious to reap the benefits that new capacity will deliver. Hopefully, you knew the secret to data center protection and have safeguarded your costly equipment in transit. Here’s why.

Imagine it’s delivery day; teams are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the pallet. But when the truck backs up to the loading dock and the door lifts, a big pit forms in your stomach. One of the cabinet boxes is on its side. Upon opening, you discover a bent frame and beat up IT equipment.

The IT integrator will likely make good for the damage, but there’s no getting back lost time, and your data center project will perpetually be behind. The speed you could have gained from choosing convergence now leaves you at a loss.

Shock Packaging
I’ve seen such a loss before, and it basically renders millions of dollars of IT equipment to scrap. On the other hand, I’ve also seen companies successfully move existing data center equipment with the right protection — packed up properly and shipped across a number of states.

What’s the secret to avoiding the bent and broken scenario? In the new hyper-converged world of data centers, shock packaging is a must. That’s where the NetShelter SX with Shock Packaging comes in. Recently enhanced, the upgrades address global market trends and the shipping concerns many integrators and providers have brought to our attention.

A typical wooden crate transmits vibrations into (and through) the cabinet during shipment — similar to the reverberation of a tuning fork. Every bump in the road creates risk of transferring the impact directly to the equipment en route.

The Secret is Out
NetShelter SX cabinets provide an impact resistant shell of foam padding and doubled-up cardboard wrap, a built-in ramp for safe removal and a multi-layered pallet that absorbs impact and vibrations.

Additional mounting rail fasteners, cabinet elevation brackets and heavy duty casters support the load —up to 2000 pounds — while fixed rear-casters help to guide the cabinet down the ramp during removal.

 

 

Protecting your IT investment and data center infrastructure starts even before the equipment arrives; time and money can easily be saved working with an expert integrator that understands the importance of shock packaging. Make sure when the equipment shows up, it’s operational.

With all the things that can go wrong in a data center deployment, preventing simple shipping accidents can be one of the easiest disasters to avoid.

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