Having secured stunning new offices in London’s Notting Hill, Seraphine approached Computer Relocations to help with the movement of their datacentre. The existing installation had grown organically over the past few years and had become increasingly difficult to manage. This is a common issue for IT managers who inherit datacentres and the relocation was recognised as an ideal opportunity to start afresh.
Following an initial site survey, CRL introduced their rack and cable specialist. Having outlined the various options, it was decided that a full audit should be completed and the results of this would be used as a template not only for recabling, but also for ongoing management. Advice on rack design and power provision were also included in the discussions, and the decision was made to purchase all new patch and power cables plus PDUs.
Bright an early on a Saturday morning, CRL’s hardware relocation team arrived on site in the West End. Working in central London always presents challenges, however a thorough site survey allows us to put in place the personnel and equipment required to overcome the most difficult obstacles. The hardware was de-racked, secured in our rolling server cases and en route to the new site in less than three hours.
In the days preceding the move all the cables had been unpacked, straightened and grouped together. Looms had been created using 10mm Velcro and pre-printed Brady labels applied to all the cable ends. Whilst the hardware was being relocated, our cablers started to install the pre-made looms in preparation for its arrival.
Within two hours of its safe delivery to Holland Park, all the hardware had been re-racked as per the diagram created in conjunction with Seraphine. Once the installation had been inspected and approved the process of applying patch and power began.
Once patch and power had been applied, the cables were secured in the cable management strips. Great care was taken to ensure the labels were clearly visible. Obviously ensuring accurate connectivity was critical, however making the future management of the installation as easy as possible was also a priority. The re-cabling was completed around 22:00, just 13 hours after the relocation began and the improvement is clear to see.