29 Sep 2006

29 Sep 2006

Tips for Handling Your Data Center Relocation

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Nobody ever said data center relocation was easy. Although moving mission critical computer and communications equipment from one site to another is no simple task, it needn’t be an overwhelming one. With careful planning, any company can organize its people, manage the communications, implement a sophisticated design for the new site and move its data center equipment with confidence and ease.

Months of planning typically go into planning the successful relocation of a data center. By placing an emphasis on pre-design and planning, data center managers and relocation consultants are able to achieve the optimal solution to meet the demands of even the most complex relocation.

If your company is contemplating a data center relocation project, the following tips will help ensure that your IT move goes off without a hitch:

– Invest in pre-planning.
Identify your operational objectives and use them as a reference point in planning. Coordinate with vendors who will be working on the project and include their representatives in your planning sessions. Consider hiring an experienced data center relocation consultant as your guide.

– Develop strategies that minimize risk and maximize ROI.
Explore the backup and recovery options for your mission critical systems. Take current and future needs into consideration while designing the data center at your new site.

– Take stock of data center equipment.
Data center relocations offer the perfect opportunity to replace outdated or faulty equipment with state-of-the-art hardware. Don’t spend valuable time and money moving equipment that won’t last.

– Test the network.
Run tests of your new data center on virtual models before construction and relocation begin to prevent unfortunate surprises. After the move, run additional network operations and applications tests to protect your IT systems.

– Update security procedures and technology-use policies.
Address any new security issues raised by the new data center site. Establish guidelines that safeguard your facility from credible threats and existing vulnerabilities.

– Establish an appropriate relocation plan.
Integrate redundancies into your IT network. Alert business users to potential service disruptions. Review the relocation strategy with vendors, consultants, and other special participants before moving ahead.

By keeping these points in mind, your company can minimize relocation-related downtime while streamlining the overall data center moving procedure.

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  1. chuck goolsbee on 29th Sep 2006

    You left out a rather critical thing: “Communicate with your users/customers.” The machinery is nothing without the people who pay for it and use it every day.

    We (digital.forest) relocated our datacenter in the winter of 2004, and after all the planing was done, we started on a comprehensive program of communication with our clients. We announced the move months ahead of time – naming all the reasons why we were doing it, explaining the process in broad terms, “selling” them on the benefits for both us and them of the new facility, and reassuring them that their needs would be addressed on a one-to-one basis.

    We set up a special section of our support blog to track the progress of the move, and updated it frequently.

    We had our customer service staff contact every colocated and dedicated server customer to schedule their server/rack move times, in some cases down to the minute.

    We continued to communicate throughout the process.

    Relocated well over 100 racks over a period of 60 days, and we did not lose a single client.

    –chuck goolsbee
    digital.forest,
    seattle, wa

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