Preparing a Data Center Migration / Relocation Checklist
As Gartner recently identified that data growth is IT’s biggest challenge, more and more organizations are being presented with the need to migrate or move or relocate data centers. Some of the key reasons companies plan for a data center relocation include potential cost savings, the need for more physical space and security/compliance issues. Regardless of the reasons, we can all agree that relocating a data center from one location to another is a high risk and overwhelming task to tackle. Here is a quick checklist of important aspects that should be considered before the move:
Data Center Relocation / Migration Checklist
» Estimate the costs and develop a budget for the move.
» Prepare a time-line and determine a move date.
» Moving and logistics–Invest in a powered lift to streamline your server deployment strategy and keep your staff safe. Check out the SL-500X Powered ServerLIFT.
» Formulate a disaster recovery plan–have a plan and team in place that can troubleshoot in the event of a failure.
» Define and inform stakeholders–project managers, employees, customers, movers, new facility, existing and new service providers.
» Develop a complete inventory of all equipment to be moved–label all hardware and software. It is also useful to take note of equipment condition, size, weight, serial #s, etc…
» Warranties, insurance–contact the manufacturers and movers to ensure all warranties and insurance are all up to date and in place.
» Perform and verify backups of all critical data before the data center migration project begins.
» Prepare and decommission servers–plan an orderly shutdown of servers, storage and networking devices. Label everything.
» Inspect new data center facility–power, cooling, security, protection, floor space, and technical support.
» Prepare server area and network connectivity–power management, rack placement, layout, network cabling, internet connectivity, VPNs, and DNS.
» Transportation and moving preparation–select a moving company, safely pack equipment to prevent damage, arrange transportation.
» Don’t stress out, once your data center relocation is complete things should run smoothly…