Five Essential Keys to Success When Relocating a Data Center

Key #3: Ensuring Everything’s Done Right

This third key to DCR success depends largely on logistics. This means having the right people with the right skill set, at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment. An experienced logistics specialist (either on your internal team or on your vendor’s/partner’s team) builds on your prior documents and successfully completes the project. This role includes determining the size and composition of the de-installation team, the packing team, the transportation team, the unpacking team and the re-installation team. It also involves supplying skilled technicians who work side-by-side with your team. Depending on the complexity of the move, the specialist may also refine the Day of Move script or schedule a test move prior to the actual event.

Key #4: Plan Ahead for Appropriate Resources

At the risk of stating the obvious, one key that’s often overlooked is ensuring that you have sufficient resources to devote to the success of your data center relocation. Yet, we often see operations staff asked to plan and execute these moves by decision makers who have grossly underestimated its overall complexity.

To be successful, there needs to be the proper mix of resources—those who know the environment and those who know how to plan and execute a data center relocation. A firm will often engage an expert vendor/ partner to boost in-house resources. The mix may vary. Some may opt for 25% vendor and 75% in-house (where you do the planning and project management and the vendor executes the move). Others might opt for 90% vendor and 10% in-house (where the vendor provides the project management, planning and execution and you participate in the planning and execution as directed).

Key #5: Make Sure Management’s Got Your Back

The final key to success, management support of the DCR project, seems obvious but is often overlooked. Management needs to be kept in the loop at all times and trusted to remove potential hurdles. Since DCR is expensive, the management team must understand the process at all times so it can report back to stakeholders and keep them informed.

The management team may also be called upon to support the potential prospect of deferring operational changes during the move. A data center that is changing all the time is much harder to move than one that has been stabilized during the planning process. By deferring operational changes, it may give the operational staff more time to participate in the process.

Can your data center move succeed even if you don’t follow these five keys? While it’s possible, following these keys will offer a much greater chance your move will go smoothly.

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