When it comes to server shipping there are a few simple steps that will make the whole experience a little easier. First, back up all your data. This is a step you should already be doing, but double checking to make sure you have everything backed up before shipping is always a good idea. Today’s cloud storage systems are often inexpensive and easy to use.
Shipping servers calls for special safety measures; therefore, you should always work with an experienced shipper. There anti-static envelopes, bubble wrap and foam cushioned hard cases designed specifically for moving servers. Make sure your shipper has a working knowledge of these materials and how to use them.
There are a few options for shipping servers which are listed below:
Blanket Wrap Move
If the servers are not secure in the rack, then the shipper will need to take the servers out of the racks.
For a blanket wrap move, the servers will then need to be wrapped with moving pads or moving blankets.
The server racks will separately get secured to the side of the truck, with moving pads or moving blankets surrounding the server rack.
If the servers are secure in the server rack, the servers can be left inside the rack. The rack will then get secured to the inside of the moving truck.
The server rack will be will be surrounded with moving pads.
If you would like to ship the server via freight, you can crate both the server and the rack.
If you choose to crate the servers, the servers should have plastic wrapped around them and then be protected with two inches of Styrofoam on all sides.
If you crate the server rack, the rack should have one inch of Styrofoam around the rack on all sides.
You also have the option of palletizing the server, bracing the server with 1 x 4’s and wrapping the pallet with cardboard. Under this option, the servers would still be created.
We suggest that you take pictures of your cables as they are removed. This will make it much easier to reassemble your server once it arrives. Allow yourself plenty of time to get your server up and running again. Spending a little extra time now can save you troubleshooting headaches later. One good way to determine set up time is to make a conservative estimate of how long you think it will take, then double it, thus giving you all the time you need to get everything right the first time. This is a step that cannot be rushed.
When everything seems to be in order and completely reassembled, run some tests to ensure you haven't missed anything. This is another step that will save you troubleshooting headaches later. The benefits of taking a little extra time during set up can't be stressed enough. If you follow these simple guidelines, your server shipping experience should be a good one with few hiccups, if any at all.
For more tips on how to ship just about anything under the sun, contact us, pack n send in Houston, today and let us help you through the whole process. Whether you have a large project or a simple move, we have the solution.