If you're using 90-95% of your total data center capacity, it may be time to consider relocating to a facility with more space. There are several important possibilities to consider before making a complex data center move with mission critical business applications. Here are 10 specific questions you need to ask BEFORE you plan your data center relocation.
Questions to Ask About Hardware:
- Who will pack and ship all the hardware to the new location? Who will rack, stack, and cable the hardware? Do your homework: make certain that the logistics teams you work with are capable of not only moving your hardware, but getting your storage environment up and running again. Finding the best and brightest logistics team will make sure your data center is re-constructed quickly and accurately.
- How much growth are we expecting next three years? Moving can be a good time to assess future growth and data center needs. What hardware needs to be added to the data center to accommodate the potential for growth? Assessing future data center growth with a storage expert can help you decide if hardware needs to be added during the data center relocation.
- What can be upgraded during the move? If upgrading the SAN director has been a project you’ve been considering, why not upgrade the hardware during the transition? When you upgrade, consider purchasing used hardware upgrades. Used hardware can save you thousands on storage upgrades from the hardware brands you know and trust and keep costs down during a potentially costly data center move.
Questions to Ask About Downtime:
- How much downtime can we afford during the move? A certain amount of downtime is almost inevitable during a data center move. Think about how much downtime your business can handle, and more importantly, think carefully about when it’s best to have planned outages.
- What hardware will we rent to prevent unplanned downtime during the data center relocation? Moving your data center in segments can help you reduce both the cost and risk associated with data center relocation. Hardware rentals are available from third party vendors to make your data center relocation as smooth as possible.
- What critical applications cannot go down during the move? Make sure your mission-critical applications are protected by prioritizing your applications. Protect them with redundant cables and power sources, so they’ll stay running even if someone disconnects the wrong wire.
Questions to Ask About Relocation:
- Will our budget cover what we need to move to the new facility? Moving to a new facility involves costs that occur before and after the physical move. Consider additional costs such as employee overtime, purchasing more bandwidth for site to replication, or hardware upgrades you would like to make during the move.
- What power and cooling requirements do we need? Ensure that your new location will be able to meet your power and cooling needs, and become aware of any available ‘green’ options such as using outside air to cool the data center.
- How convenient is this location? Evaluate both the old and new location and the difference in distance to the end user. A change in distance may create greater amounts of latency, which should be investigated and evaluated before a new data center location is chosen.
- Is my staff equipped to handle the data center relocation? Do we have enough staff to manage the task at hand? With budget reductions running rampant, ensure that you operating with the proper amount of staff for a time-intensive project like a data center relocation. Avoid a resentful or overloaded team with proper migration training as well as proper staffing (consider adding a few additional staff members to handle the heavy lifting!).
Interested in how Reliant can help with your data center move? Talk to a dedicated Reliant Storage Specialist today to hardware rental solutions for your data center relocation.