Why you shouldn’t use Elon Musk’s removal strategy

In a new biography of Tesla and X (formerly Twitter) owner Elon Musk, Walter Isaacson tells the story of how the billionaire entrepreneur moved X’s servers.

The company housing X’s servers was costing X over $100 million a year. To save money, Elon Musk decided that they should be moved to another facility in Portland. A removal company could move the servers, but first, a specialist contractor was required to release the securely housed servers. All this would take several weeks, which was far too long for Musk. Instead, he went at night to the server room and borrowed a penknife from a security guard, which he used to lift up an air vent allowing access to floor panels which were jammed open with the knife. After unplugging the server, it was ready to move.

The next day, Christmas Eve, a team from X followed Musk’s example and released all the servers. The servers were on wheels, but normally require secure packing to protect them. Instead, they bought jeans and t-shirts from a supermarket to act as padding.

The billionaire hired all the locally available trucks and loaded the servers into them. The team moved 700 servers in three days, a record item for server removals.

When you’ve got Elon Musk’s unfathomable resources, these ‘DIY’ strategies may seem somewhat feasible. However, for the majority of us, it’ll be much simpler to use a Merseyside removal company to ensure a professional, capable job well done. Merseyside Movers are experts in carrying out big moves, so get in touch today if you need to transport your important items.