They say that moving is the third most stressful event in life, following death and divorce. If the millions of Americans who will move their households this year are feeling the pinch, just imagine the pressure on IT managers who must oversee the relocation of corporate data center facilities.
Coordinating the move of servers, storage systems, and LAN and WAN infrastructures is a monumental task that must be approached with the strategic precision of a military campaign. The “always on” nature of today’s mission-critical systems leaves no margin for error. Nothing can be left to chance.
Organizations that decide to start from scratch must contract a data center designer to draw up plans for the new facility. Next, a facilities contractor — who actually constructs the data center based upon the design — must be selected. Electrical, mechanical and Cabling contractors will also be involved.
Even organizations that lease or purchase existing data center space will need assistance planning the facility. A contractor experienced in data center design should help determine the layout of racks and cabinets, cooling systems and other aspects of the data center infrastructure. All of this must be done well in advance given that the provisioning of some components can take weeks or even months.
In the interim, the IT team must develop a project plan, inventory the existing equipment, and create rack diagrams and port maps. When it comes time to physically move, the IT team must shut down the equipment, unplug data cables and power cords, and remove the equipment from the racks and cabinets. The equipment is then packed in special crates to protect it during the move.
Once the equipment arrives at the new location, it must be removed from the crates, organized and re-racked. Then it’s time to turn on the equipment and ensure that everything works.
While it may sound simple on paper, a data center relocation project requires significant expertise and a lot of manpower. On top of that, busy IT teams must try to manage the relocation project while keeping up with day-to-day tasks.
For that reason, it often makes sense to outsource the project to an IT provider with experience in data center relocation. The right partner will have broad expertise in data center infrastructure as well as servers, storage, networking gear and other components. A qualified IT provider can serve as the general contractor, overseeing the various third-party vendors involved, and provide engineers who can plan the project from an IT perspective. The IT provider should also be able to dedicate smart hands to assist with the physical aspects of the move.
Rahi Systems has a proven track record of success completing data center relocation projects across the globe. We have helped our customers consolidate multiple smaller data centers into a single optimized facility, and move data center resources to better support business growth. As part of those efforts, we have also helped our customers implement long-needed enhancements to the IT infrastructure and improve the operational efficiency of the data center environment.
Moving to a new data center affords an opportunity to optimize performance, reduce costs, and scale capacity to support new applications and workloads. However, a data center relocation project is a major undertaking. IT managers can save themselves a major headache by partnering with a qualified IT provider such as Rahi. Let us apply our knowledge and experience to ensure a successful outcome.