The Devhops Guide to Surviving the Datacentre

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devhops
Aug 25, 2020 · 3 min read

Or, how I learnt to stop worrying and start cursing the day I was born

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This is a listicle of things you need if you don’t want to die cold and alone on your first datacentre trip.

Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

1. Headphones

2. Labelling device

3. Velcro cable ties

4. Pocket knife

5. Toolkit

6. Snacks

While you shouldn’t eat or drink in the machine rooms themselves, most of them have a place you can sit and have a drink in. Unless they’re soulless fucks who hate people. Which if you’re in London Docklands, means they absolutely do.

7. KVM

Had I thought to ask the data centre management team for a KVM to test my shit worked first, I would have saved a lot of hassle. At my last job, we bought portable ones that turn your laptop into a crash cart, which are fucking cool and can be purchased on Amazon.

8. Another person

Didn’t think so.

Should you be stupid enough to ignore this and injure yourself, you’ll probably find yourself in breach of number of health and safety rules. You can always ask the datacentre management team for a riser, even if there is more than one of you.

9. Cables

10. Beer.

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devhops

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DevOps Rascal. Obsessed with stickers. Neato mom. AWS certified SysOps associate. She/her.

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