Colocation Server Lifts

Josh Reynolds josh at
Mon Apr 4 20:48:54 UTC 2016

They are much more likely to be used for things like Juniper MX960's
(and larger), Brocade MLXe-32's (and larger), etc. Routers and
switches that weigh hundreds or thousands of pounds ;)

On Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 3:44 PM, Wayne Bouchard <web at> wrote:
> In all my time dealing with various colos around the globe, I cannot
> say that I can ever recall hearing (or seeing) someone refer to using
> a lift to install or dismount a server. My inclination therefore is
> that it is not something likely to be common. That it may exist in
> locations I have had dealings with is possible, of course, but not
> something that I am expressly aware of at any particular facility.
> As to use, I believe these would be in the vein of dollys and ladders,
> available upon request. Except in the most restrictive colos, I would
> not expect any explicit conditions for operation except to perhaps be
> questioned whether you know how to use it before letting you wheel it
> away. One would hope it would be more or less self-explanatory and
> just a question of reading the labels by the controls.
> -Wayne
> On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 07:23:41AM -0500, Jason Lee wrote:
>> Hi NANOG community,
>> A few questions I have for the community regarding server lifts at colo
>> facilities.
>> 1. Is a server lift something you would typically expect a colo facility to
>> provide?
>> if yes,
>> 2. Do colo facilities typically allow customers to just use them or provide
>> an operator?
>> 3. Is it a free offering or something they rent out?
>> 4. What would be the typical device weight you would lift?
>> 5. What would be the max device weight you would lift?
>> Thanks,
>> Jason
> ---
> Wayne Bouchard
> web at
> Network Dude

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