Data Centre Services
Maybe you're just starting to plan your data centre relocation. Perhaps the trucks are due to arrive any day.
Either way, a successful data centre relocation or consolidation requires careful planning and execution.
Using industry best practices developed while performing hundreds of server moves, you can avoid costly mistakes and reduce the risk of unplanned downtime.
Since data center relocation is not an everyday event, it's easy to underestimate the complexity involved.
This is short list of the mistakes common to data centre relocation:
Going for the Big Bang vs. Multiple Move Events It’s not necessarily easier or cheaper, to move everything in one weekend. Explore your options.
1. People Power – Too many projects / not enough people – People have limits, and working a 40 hour move weekend after a 50 hour work week never turns out well. Make sure your resource plan is realistic!
2. Used Racks and Used Rails – It’s absolutely worth the money to “Buy New” for move weekend. Don’t skimp on cabinets, cabling and rails. These purchases will help lessen your downtime as well.
3. Not Un-Racking the Equipment – Do server racks ever tip over with equipment inside? Yes – it can happen! Most racks are not meant to be moved with equipment inside, and, believe it or not, un-racking the equipment does not lengthen the move window much, if at all.
4. Intelligent packaging – Don’t underestimate the importance of packing the truck in an organized manner, enabling you to unload the servers in the order they’ll be re-racked. And make sure your rails are packaged together with their respective servers.
5. Obstructions – Trial runs help to uncover unexpected obstacles that can rear their ugly heads on move day. Tight corners, narrow corridors and floor or elevator weight limitations are just some of the items you’ll want to know about ahead of time.