Dear NANOG Gods


I need to ship some Dell servers, and my google skills have gotten me nowhere. Is there a decent place to find standard server size shipping boxes? Located in Socal if anyone has an extra or two.. :wink:

//warren or any good shipping company.

Hi Warren,

Would you happen to have a link for a flight case that would fit a 1-2u server? I was in the same situation a few days ago and ran the risky proposition of building my own box.

There a number of vendors that can either custom-build cases, or might have something off-the-shelf that will work, and meet ATA300/Milspec standards.

Calzone Cases -
Jan-Al Cases -
Pelican-Hardigg -

NOTE: I use several different types of road/flight cases for transporting audio gear for $sidejob.

Fair warning: A case that provides the level of cushioning and impact protection you're looking for is likely to be heavy - possibly as heavy as the server itself.


Since some people were interested (on- and off-list), see below.

The last time we had to ship a number of (Dell, actually) boxes from ICANN in LA we bought some flight cases that we could rack the servers into. Our thought was to go for reusable, rather than one-off (and we had doubts about the state of the boxes upon arrival if they weren't securely packed; a flight case with 19" rails inside seemed like a good bet).

If survivability is important, I like CP Cases:

More expensive than SKB, but they bounce when dropped. And preserve the
stuff inside.

One probably should opt for removing PSU and drives if shipping is
expected to be very rough.

Find a used computer/network equipment vendor near you. They'll have the right sized boxes & can foam encapsulate your gear. Most companies have been
willing to box up equipment for me at no (or little) charge.

Joe McGuckin
ViaNet Communications
650-207-0372 cell
650-213-1302 office
650-969-2124 fax