data center relocation tips & questions to askAre you planning for a data center relocation? There are a number of reasons an organization would need to consider a new data center space. Whether you’re moving because you’ve outgrown your current data center or you are anticipating growth in the coming years, it is important to plan accordingly for your relocation. Migrating your data is a high risk and potentially expensive endeavor. Ask yourself these questions before starting your data center relocation.

What equipment do I need to relocate?

This may sound like an easy question to answer, but it may not be as straightforward for some. Before moving forward with a data center relocation it is paramount that you take stock of everything in your inventory. Conducting an infrastructure audit can help you identify what hardware can be upgraded, find any lapses in support coverage, and decommission any legacy hardware.

Who will pack and ship your data center hardware?

This should be your first question. Figure out who will rack, stack, and cable your hardware. Do you have the logistics in-house to carry out a full data center migration? If not, consider a vendor that is not only capable of moving your hardware but can also get your infrastructure up and running again once the relocation has been completed.

How much growth are you expecting in the coming years?

A data center relocation is a good time to assess future growth and other capacity needs. This is when you should consider new hardware for your data center. Think about what hardware can be added to your infrastructure that can help you overcome current performance and capacity issues. Assessing current realities in your IT infrastructure with a tool like DiscoverIQ can help you uncover areas where you need help and give you new ideas.

What hardware can you upgrade during the relocation?

This goes hand in hand with the previous question. Have you been considering deploying another array in your data center or adding a tray of HDDs and SSDs? Now is the perfect time to do that. Certified pre-owned hardware can give you the performance and capacity enhancements you need without breaking the budget. This is important because these upgrades can also help keep costs down in a costly data center move.

Need Help Planning Your Data Center Relocation?

These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself before a data center relocation. Stay tuned for part 2 of this series. Do you need immediate help with your data center move? Feel free to reach out to one of our dedicated storage and networking specialists.