Super Computers needs Super Movers
Bishopsgate were recently asked to move an IBM Super Computer from The Met Office in Exeter following a successful relocation the previous year of a similar system, from the European Weather Centre in Reading. Bishopsgate therefore already had first-hand experience on what was required with a crew that had ‘hands on knowledge’
The system was to be relocated to a new home, which required removing the multiple sections from 2 x data halls where they were located, packing into purpose built crates and transporting to a UK hub for export back to the USA. The challenge was huge. The mainframes weighed up to 3500 kgs each and they had to be moved in one piece across 80m of raised floor. Leading up to the project, working with the planning team and the IBM team in the United States, plans were set in motion for their removal, with regular communications between all the teams to make sure nothing was left to chance and the very challenging time frame that had been set, would be met.
After 5 days and 9 trailer loads of equipment, the system was removed from Exeter and delivered to the International hub ready for export. All works were finished within the project plan time allowed, the removal was completed to schedule and the entire team left site on the Friday afternoon, site cleared of all tackle and packing, with a job well done.
Ed Seminaro, from The IBM Corporation said, “When we designed a system that literally placed all the IT equipment that comprises a fairly large data centre into a single cabinet that is completely factory built and tested, concerns of moving the heavy cabinets were cited by many. However, using top notch specialist teams like Bishopsgate make shipping 3.5t packages around the world in a safe, secure and damage free manor, look easy”