Best Practices for Data Center Relocation

Data center relocation involves much more than simply moving servers and plugging them in at a new location. Migrating to a new facility is a complex and challenging project – if anything goes wrong, you risk losing revenue, productivity, and data, putting your business at risk.

The following best practices will help you mitigate these risks:

  • Add the Necessary Skills to Your Team – Given the complexity involved in data center relocation, you need staff with expert project management skills, as well as specialized expertise and experience in data center relocation.
  • Create Comprehensive Documentation – Regardless of how qualified your relocation team is, they can’t keep everything in their heads. Every step of the process must be formally documented. At a minimum, your plan needs to discuss your current state of operation, your desired state of operation and a roadmap describing the “who, what, where, when and how” of getting to where you want to be.
  • Determine the Logistics – Basically, you want the right people at the right place at the right time. Logistics planning involves uninstalling equipment at your current location, packing it, transporting it, unpacking it and reinstalling it at your new location.
  • Assign Sufficient Resources – One of the worst things that can happen during data center relocation is not to have what you need to complete the project successfully. Lack of resources often results from underestimating the complexity of the project. You need the right mix of expertise, equipment, facility and budget resources.
  • Keep the Management Team Informed – Given the complexity of a data center relocation project, you need buy-in from your executive management team. When you keep the management team apprised of everything involved in the project, you’re in a better position to earn their support.

Following these basic steps will better position your relocation project for success. Although not a comprehensive list, these suggestions provide a good starting point for planning and implementing your data center relocation.

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Chris is the former Vice President of Product Management at FairPoint Communications, a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England and 14 other states across the U.S.