14-18 October 2013
Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Experience with procuring, deploying and maintaining hardware at remote co-location centre

14 Oct 2013, 15:45
Veilingzaal (Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage)


Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage

Oral presentation to parallel session Facilities, Production Infrastructures, Networking and Collaborative Tools Facilities, Infrastructures, Networking and Collaborative Tools


Olof Barring (CERN)


In May 2012 CERN signed a contract with the Wigner Data Centre in Budapest for an extension to the CERN’s central computing facility beyond its current boundaries set by electrical power and cooling available for computing. The centre is operated as a remote co-location site providing rack-space, electrical power and cooling for server, storage and networking equipment acquired by CERN. The contract includes a ‘remote-hands’ services for physical handling of hardware (rack mounting, cabling, pushing power buttons, …) and maintenance repairs (swapping disks, memory modules, …). However, only CERN personnel have network and console access to the equipment for system administration. This report gives an insight to undertaken adaptations of hardware architecture, procurement and delivery procedures enabling remote physical handling of the hardware. We will also describe tools and procedures developed for automating the registration, burn-in testing, acceptance and maintenance of the equipment as well as an independent but important change to the IT assets management (ITAM) developed in parallel as part of CERN IT Agile Infrastructure project. Finally, we will report on experience from the first large delivery of 400 servers and 80 SAS JBOD expansion units (24 bays) to Wigner in March 2013.

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