Well put simply… it depends. Most racks are not designed to be moved fully populated. Unless they are rated as such, due to the risk to personnel and your equipment, we insist on removing the devices from the racks prior to moving. The reasons for this are as follows:
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- Slight twisting of a rack can easily result in the rails disconnecting from the rack arms and the equipment falling in the rack.
- The extra stresses on the rack itself may cause it to break.
- Devices are not made to endure vertical shock.
- The dimensions of a rack make it much more unstable if top heavy. Up to a tonne of equipment maybe in a rack with a high centre of gravity.
- Insurance may be invalidated if the rack is not rated to be moved populated by the manufacturer as the equipment inside would not be “safely packed”.
- Rack castors are only designed to be used to move the rack into position over short distances.
- It is always worth considering the cost of the impact to your business in the event of damage to a rack of equipment.