Rebuilding a Server Room
A couple years ago, I was hired to come in and clean up a company, from a technology standpoint. The company A just bought out company B.
Here is what I walked into. The server room was a Server Room / IT office. However, you do not ever know where the slash was? That is what is the server part and what is the IT part?
For a rack, they used a book case, and stuffed equipment in anywhere they could. Now, I totally get it, do what you can with what you have. But, when you do, don't be proud of it, it looks like crap!
What you are seeing is 2 consoles, and a butt load of Serial MUX devices.
Can you believe this company actually ran dedicated ds0 circuits between locations and rand serial data over those lines, this is high cost and low speed.
There is allot of equipment buried that you do not see. And I have to bring in more equipment. Once the new network is brought up, I need to dump as much serial devices as possible. I ditched the DS0 circuits, and rand the data over the internet. We saved over $2,000 per month doing this!! The stuff that has to stay serial, I will made accessible over the network.
The hardest part was transitioning everything live, and having as little down time as possible. This company, as well the the parent when merged had over 9 locations across the major LA area, Orange County and Arizona.
The first rack contained DVR's Phones, voicemail and mass storage. The mass storage was 3x 3U servers with 8x hard drives in a raid 5 system with 2x hot spares.
The second rack, with a monitor on it, is the KVM location, as well as all the public servers below it.
The third rack, was the legacy application. It was an old SCO server, and required the use of serial ports to connect to remote terminals. I connected the serial ports to a set of console servers, that allowed me to make the serial ports available over the network. Then I just ran terminal emulators on the PC side for the application.
The rack on the far right, is the communications rack, it contains all local site patch panels, all switching private and public, routers, and remote location routing.
The monitors on the wall on the far right were redeployments of old Wyse Terminals, I used these to show the various status of the network, bandwidth, etc...
Along the middle of each rack was 2x 1U PDU's as well.
Well, that's it, thank you for reading....