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Essential Tips for Relocating a Data Centre

02 February, 2016

Data Centre RelocationData centre relocation (sometimes referred to as DCR) is a huge, risky task. It shouldn’t be something you decide lightly on, and rush into – careful planning is essential. When moving to a new location is the only option, you have to make sure the move is swift and accurate to keep downtime and disruption to services to a minimum. But granted, that’s easier said than done. Here are some top tips for relocating your data facility, from the experts at ITE Projects.

1.   Plan, plan, plan

A successful move is all in the planning and preparation. Relocating requires a lot of coordination between a number of departments, and it is essential that everyone understands the job and the potential risk to the company should something go wrong. Don’t just plan your day out so it goes perfectly – plan what to do when issues arise and create a disaster plan too.

2.   Know the consequences of moving certain equipment

Many people, even a project manager who is in charge on moving day, may not understand the consequences of moving certain hardware. This is why it’s vital that IT experts, who know and work with the systems regularly, are on hand to provide expertise and assistance to the managers and project coordinators. This is no ordinary move – while in other scenarios you may have a logical order, with a data centre it could be completely different. It’s important to move the right hardware with the right database etc, or the set up in the new centre may not go smoothly.

3.   Overestimate downtime to clients

Whoever the DCR will affect, whether it’s just internal staff or customers, you need to inform them well ahead of time about the scheduled disruption to services. It is always an inconvenience so the earliest you can let people know, the better. It’s also a good idea to estimate a time when services will be back up and running – but always overestimate rather than underestimate. You’ll be bombarded with complaints if you run into any issues and the data centre takes a little longer to get back online; whereas if customers find they can access data ahead of schedule, it will be welcome.

4.   Make plans for the old equipment

During many moves, equipment is replaced which can leave old servers, racks and power circuits behind. It’s important to include these in your original plan – how can you make use of them? Maybe you could keep them as back-ups in the new data facility, or repurpose them elsewhere in the business. If you really don’t have a use for them anymore then they must be responsibly recycled.

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