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    The evolution of a server room

    Over the past 4 1/2 years we've put quite a bit of effort into getting our core infrastructure up to scratch. I've put together a little picture documentary (attached) showing how it has evolved since late 2009 to today.

    I'm sure there are some great setups out there in the community and I would love to see some of them. Or even if you just have what you wish was only a "Before" scenario and would like to get it to a "Now" condition and would like advice from people in the community who have been there and tackled many of the issues you will encounter (technical, financial, and with change management) and can assist with getting you to where you would like to be.

    Server Room Evolution - Part 1.jpgServer Room Evolution - Part 2.jpgServer Room Evolution - Phase 2.jpgServer Room Evolution - Today.jpgServer Room Evolution - Today cont..jpg

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    Awesome looks great and you actually cable managed haha

    How loud is and how much power does it use?

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    looking good!

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    *grumble grumble* show off *grumble grumble*

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    Excellent work!

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    A thing of beauty.

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    Well Done !!!!!!!

    It looks very neat and tidy. Everthing in it's place, as it should be

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    My budget wouldn't even allow for the floor to be painted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seawolf View Post
    Question.

    Is that first picture [top left] a suitable space for hiding from teachers?

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    Did you do it all in house?
    When did you find enough network downtime to do all of that?

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    I thought my UPSes actually ran off the static generated by the heavy duty 1970s carpet in my server room. Are you saying I could actually tile it instead?

    (I couldn't. I'm not dismantling the server rack to do it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
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    Is that first picture [top left] a suitable space for hiding from teachers?
    LOL. Well yes an average size person can fit in that space quite nicely. And the noise from the servers and switches provides nice cover as well.

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    The evolution of a server room

    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Did you do it all in house?
    When did you find enough network downtime to do all of that?
    We did everything in house except for the cabling to the patch panels and the Lino flooring. For this last upgrade where we removed everything from the room and replaced the flooring, the system was down for 40 hours in total. We took it down on a Wednesday evening, pulled up the floor and painted until 2am. Floor was layed the following morning and we reinstalled everything the following morning. We had everything back in and spun up by the end of the day, although there was still a lot of temporary cabling between the servers and switches strung across the floor for a couple of days. The biggest delay was caused by having the flooring replaced, but it was time to get rid of the circa 1985 carpet once and for all.

    The original upgrade back in 2009/2010 consisted of replacing everything (nearly ever switch in 12 buildings, as well as all of the old Win 2000 servers that were running things at the time and creating a new domain and user accounts. That outage was much longer at around 18 days in total. I could only do something like that once or I would be strung up.

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    Nice rack @seawolf!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Awesome looks great and you actually cable managed haha

    How loud is and how much power does it use?
    The noise level in the server room is 79db standing at the racks. The equipment in the room consumes 480kWh per week or just over 2000kWh per month.

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