Colocation Server Lifts
alex at pssclabs.com
Mon Apr 4 13:04:37 UTC 2016
Very good questions with not so clear cut answers. In line.
> On Mar 29, 2016, at 8:23 AM, Jason Lee <jason.m.lee at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi NANOG community,
> A few questions I have for the community regarding server lifts at colo
> 1. Is a server lift something you would typically expect a colo facility to
I would say unfortunately no. Many facilities do have server lifts but many do not. Definitely ask before hand so you understand what you are getting into. Personally I believe every facility should offer these server lifts considering the weight people are racking today.
> if yes,
> 2. Do colo facilities typically allow customers to just use them or provide
> an operator?
The ones that do have server left usually let you just operate them. Pretty self explanatory devices. Up / down. Brake / move.
> 3. Is it a free offering or something they rent out?
I have never been asked to sign out a server lift which seems funny considering you have to sign out a crash cart. My guess is it facility dependent.
> 4. What would be the typical device weight you would lift?
The answer really depends on how much you want to lift manually. The guys I use are pretty comfortable racking 80 lb servers over and over and over again. But if you don’t feel comfortable then a server lift at any weight is a good idea. Save you back!
> 5. What would be the max device weight you would lift?
Not sure on that one. You should probably consult the manufacturer. I can tell you we typically use server lifts when things get over 100 lbs. I think the heaviest box we have installed using a server lift was over 200 lbs. My guess is that it would support a lot more weight.
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