With such vast numbers of servers, it’s important to ensure they arrive from their manufacturers in pristine condition, ready to be installed.
Throughout the logistics industry, 2-3% of all shipments are damaged in some way. Those costs add up, and trickle throughout the data center.
For example, a typical server rack cabinet can hold 42 1’ servers or 16 2.5” servers each costing $10,000-$20,000 a piece. The value of a crate holding a rack of servers could exceed $250,000. These high-end servers are complex, containing multiple drives, processors (with up to 28 cores per processor), sockets, and power supplies. Therefore, there are hundreds of circuits, connections and solders that may be fractured by impact. Even foam packaging that flakes off because of friction-induced vibrations can infiltrate servers and lead to damage.
Now imagine a crate of these special servers being bumped by a forklift during transport. Without a way to know the impact occurred, servers with hidden damage may be placed into service, only to fail later. The Uptime Institute’s survey indicated 40% of outages cost their organizations between $100,000 and $1 million. As the survey showed, those costs are rising.