Planning a Successful Data Center or Computer Equipment Moving Project?
A data center or computer equipment moving project is a daunting experience. Many considerations, such as the pressures and concerns of disruptions to business operations and data losses can weigh heavily on those without experience in moving servers and other IT and technology equipment.
A competent move requires a competent moving project manager.
Many organizations encounter the possibility of a data center move or relocation due to many reasons such as:
Need to upgrade or downsize data center and or IT facilities
Need to reduce data center facilities cost
Requirements for redundancy — business continuity improvements
Physical data center consolidations as a result of mergers and acquisitions
The following guidelines relate to the critical phases of a data center move or relocation project and are for smaller data centers.
Step 1: Form a multi-disciplinary project team with key advisors and an experience project manager
Step 2: Create a plan that highlights the business rationale and technical “do-ability”.
Step 3: Develop a requirements plan.
Step 4: Prepare an exhaustive inventory.
Step 5: Create a detailed space layout and design for the new data center facility.
Step 6: Develop a detailed data center move/relocation project plan.