Storage Hardware Installation

So you’ve found a hardware vendor who understands your needs, sized an appropriate storage solution, and acquired signatures for the project. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief, right?

Not quite.

While the hardware is being delivered, there are a few details you can iron with your datacenter team that may save you hours or days on upcoming installation and ensure you meet those critical deadlines.

With these 5 tips, you might avoid embarrassing delays and unutilized engineers while last minute arrangements and permission are made.

  • 1) Delivery: Virtualization has changed how we think of datacenter hardware, but when SAN equipment and storage hardware are delivered simple physics still applies. Make sure that your facility and security teams are aware of the upcoming delivery and have the necessary equipment on hand to usher the SAN equipment from A to B. Racks and SAN equipment can be heavy, so go through a quick checklist of everything that might be necessary such as receiving docks, lifts, elevators, and doorways that might stand between you and a seamless installation.
  • 2) Power and Cooling: Often, newly arrived equipment sits idle while proper power is wired or added in order to accommodate the purchase. Contact datacenter engineers, electricians, and vendors to make sure you have all the power and cooling specifications on hand and arranged so that you don’t fall behind while last minute arrangements are made.
  • 3) Permissions: The SAN is the storage backstop for everything in the datacenter, and often involves coordinating permissions and passwords for various networks, fabrics, switches and hosts connected to the storage project. Reach out to your team and administrators and properly plan necessary downtime or permissions in order to configure the systems and integration.
  • 4) Backups: If an installation is tightly integrated with existing data, it’s best to arrange full backups of all systems and data involved in the project. Some third-party integrators won’t even touch your equipment until backups are done, so make sure you’ve contacted your backup team and administrators and addressed all necessary data backups.
  • 5) Connections: Just like the leg bone is connected to the hip bone, so the SAN equipment is connected to, well, nearly everything. Make sure you have all of the proper HBAs and Fibre Channel / Ethernet cables to span from SAN to hosts.

Now, that you’ve done all that, it’s time to sit back, put your feet on your desk, and read that email from your boss about how smoothly the implementation went. Or, if you’re like most of us, start planning for the next big thing.