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Disaster Recovery Plan
Cold Site Preparation: Physical Facility

Last update: Tuesday, 21-Mar-2000 10:31:02 CST

This document contains information on preparing the BELL 108 Cold Site physical facility for receiving the computer and networking equipment. Work such as clearing the space of equipment and unneeded furniture, knocking out walls, enlarging doors, painting, floor work, etc. are described here.

Preparing the Facility

  1. The Dean or Associate Dean of Engineering is responsible for coordinating the relocation of any computer equipment, furniture, or personnel from the Cold Site. The Administrative Coordinator should offer to locate additional assistance in moving the equipment and furniture. Physical Plant may be able to supply the labor, and some Computing Services staff may also be available to help. EVERY EFFORT SHOULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT ALL EQUIPMENT IS MOVED CAREFULLY TO AVOID DAMAGE.

    The disassembly and reassembly of the Herman-Miller furniture located in the BELL 108 suite should be coordinated by College of Engineering personnel. They have the tools and skills to do this properly.

  2. The Facilities Coordinator is to contact the necessary contractors to start preparing the Cold Site.

  3. The (half height) walls between the computer labs in BELL 108C, 108E, 108G, and 108J are to be knocked out, making the space into one big room. Although it may be possible to rearrange equipment such that it could fit into the individual lab spaces without knocking out the walls, the flow of cool air would be impeded by the walls and raise the hazard of thermal overloads on sensitive mainframe equipment.

  4. One set of doors to the entrance of BELL 108G must be enlarged to permit large mainframe equipment to pass. These doors must be 40 inches wide and 79 inches tall, minimum. It may be more convenient to use a double door 63 inches wide and 79 inches tall. The replacement doors should be installed with locks to permit securing the site from unauthorized entry.

  5. A hole 6 inches in diameter must be made in the wall between BELL 108C and 108AB. This hole will facilitate the installation of channel cabling and fiber optic cabling between the two rooms so that the mainframes can be attached to the campus backbone network.

  6. Repairs are to be made to the floor as needed to fill holes or replace broken floor tiles, especially in the areas where the half-walls were removed.

  7. The entire facility must be cleaned to remove dust and construction dirt.

  8. Any painting should be completed before moving equipment into the site.

  9. Optionally, should floor protection be required in the large room (BELL 108C, 108E, 108G, and 108J), 3/4-inch plywood sheets should be procured and placed throughout the entire room. Approximately 66 sheets of 4'x8' plywood, or 38 sheets of 5'x10' plywood, are needed to cover the entire floor space.

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