data center relocation questionsWhether 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 data center relocation. We’ve already gone over a few questions to ask, so if you haven’t already, check out Part 1 before moving forward. So, what are some more questions you should ask yourself to minimize risk and downtime during your data center relocation?

What are your organization’s most important applications?

A certain amount of downtime is usually inevitable during a data center relocation. So it’s important to think about your mission-critical applications and plan accordingly to prevent downtime on any business-critical hardware. Make sure your mission-critical applications are protected by prioritizing them. Protect them with redundant cables and power sources, just in case an accident occurs.

What hardware will you need to rent to prevent downtime for mission-critical applications?

Renting swing gear is a cost-effective way to minimize downtime in your IT environment while relocating your data center. By renting hardware, you give yourself the opportunity to migrate your data to rented storage, server, and networking while your personal arrays, switches, and drives are being shipped to your new data center. IT hardware resellers, like Reliant offer data center equipment rentals at a fraction of the price of OEMs.

What is the best relocation method for your organization?

Once you’ve decided your mission-critical applications, and what gear you’ll need to rent, now is the time to decide the best method for your data center relocation. Will you move them all at once? Or will you do it in phases? We recommend executing the hardware relocation in phases because it will enable you to get parts of the data center back up and running before the entire system is moved, which could help reduce downtime.

Do you have the logistical resources for the relocation or will you need to hire an external vendor?

If you’re a larger enterprise, you may have an internal team to execute the relocation. Other organizations may need to bring in a data center vendor to successfully migrate your data. Often times, even if your organization is equipped with the necessary resources, these complex equipment migrations can take up too many internal resources and keep your team from handling other equally important projects.

What's Next?

These are just some of the questions and considerations you should take into account when planning a data center relocation. Want more help with your data center move? Reach out to one of our storage, server, and networking specialists to learn about how Reliant can help.