Top 10 ways to make sure your data center co-location goes right the first time!

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and take your server to a data center to install yourself or you’re packing it up to ship to a data
center to install for you. These tips will make sure things go right!

1. Make sure you have an appropriate mounting method and it meets what the data center expects.

Rule of thumb, 1U or 2U cases less than 20″ in depth or most 3U or 4U
cases can be mounted with fixed ears directly to a 2 post rack, 4
post rack, or a cabinet. Full length 1U or 2U servers 3U or 4U
servers that are balanced with most of the weight in the rear must have
slide rails to be supported correctly.

2. Make sure that your server case uses a front to back airflow path.

Some cases use a side to side, front to top, or even back to front
path. It’s best to avoid these odd cases and stick with the standard
front to back path.

3. If you intend to use an Ethernet switch and cable to a server with rear Ethernet ports, make sure you’ve planned on at least 1U of space
between to get the cables from front to back!

Or plan to mount the Ethernet switch on the back side of the 4 post
rack or cabinet.

4. Make sure you have the proper type of network connection available!

You’ll have an unpleasant surprise if you need a fiber Ethernet connection and you only have a Cat5 connection available!

5. Make sure your fiber connection matches the data centers!

Make sure that you have either single mode or multimode fiber jumpers as needed (single mode jumpers are orange, multimode jumpers are yellow). Make sure you have the right connector types (LC and SC are most common).

6. If you expect your data center to make serial port connections for you, make sure to not only include the proper size and gender cable but also a null modem adapter if required!

7. Make sure that you supply a PDU (power distribution unit) if the
data center is not supplying one.

Make sure your PDU is compatible with the voltage and format of power
your data center is supplying to you!

8. Make sure that you supply the proper format of power cord to attach to the PDU.

Typical PDUs use a 5-15, C13, or C19 line plug to attach. The data center power connection, if your supplying your own PDU, is typically a 5-15, 5-20, L5, L6, L14, or L15 twistlock.

9. Make sure that you have the BIOS of your server configured to support USB keyboards and not to halt booting on a missing keyboard error.

10. Make sure that you have the BIOS of your server configured to automatically restart after a power failure.

Double check these things before your server goes out the door and you and your data center will have a super smooth installation!

Vern, SwiftWater Telecom

server co-location, web hosting, data center services


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