Knowing When It’s Time To Migrate or Relocate
Experience makes a difference. When you are immersed in a project, it’s easy to miss the obvious. An experienced consultant can bring an outside perspective and help you plan, prepare and execute the relocation and migration more efficiently.
When to Consider RelocationBefore you start packing up your servers and network equipment, you need to know if a relocation is necessary. Relocations are costly. But staying in the same data center due to inertia can be expensive too. It’s not easy to always make a decision. Here are some of the signs that might indicate it’s time to move:
- Requirement Changes: Data center requirements change. However, if you are considering a major upgrade to your power or cooling system, it might be a good time to run a cost/benefit analysis and find out whether upgrading or relocating would be a better option.
- Mergers and Acquisitions: Your business might have new resources available due to a merger or an acquisition. You might have gained access to a new facility that is cheaper to operate in the long-term. Moving there can save you money.
- Security Issues: If you are in a colocation and you are not happy with the security measures, it’s time to move. Today, data security should be a top priority for any data center. Lack of security is a major red flag that should never be ignored.
- Rising Costs: Data centers located in urban areas can see high spikes in energy and operating costs. Energy costs can vary widely from state to state. If the prices are rising too fast, it might be time to move to greener pastures.
- Better SLA: For colocation users, better Service Level Agreement (SLA) can be a good reason for data center relocation. If your current provider isn’t holding up well to the standards, you can find better options and move.
- Growth: For businesses growing at a rapid pace, it’s often necessary to add more network bandwidth and space to their data centers. Sometimes your current location might not be up to the task. Relocation might be the only option for you.
Data Center Relocation Best PracticesTo ensure a successful relocation, experienced IT project managers spend a substantial amount of time planning the various stages of migration. Here are some practices that can help a smoother transition:
- Detailed Planning: Planning requires both experience and imagination. Every data center is unique. The setup and dynamics of both the source and the destination data center will dictate what's required. Having a robust plan that covers every detail can stop chaos when the actual move happens.
- Proper Management: Depending on the size of the data center and complexity of the move, the management team size can vary. For larger teams, make sure everyone is clear about their responsibilities.
- Meticulous Tracking: Tracking will help you organize moves more efficiently. Most relocation consultants and firms can provide RFID and GPS tracking services. Also, always back up the tracking information.
- Security and Safety: You need to ensure the security of the equipment and the safety of the movers. Employ a reliable moving company with a good background check process for its employees. Also, analyze safety hazards before the move. Make sure you have proper insurance.
- The Right People: Not every moving company is created equal. Seek out a company with IT experience.