A ‘cold’ data center relocation may be the easiest and lowest-cost data center relocation, but it’s certainly not without its stress and challenges. Since your applications and data won’t be available during the relocation, getting the job done right and quickly is important.
Here are 14 things you should do before and during the cold data center relocation:
- Interview key personnel regarding data-center relocation requirements. Different stakeholders will have different sets of needs. Don’t assume what they are.
- Identify data-center relocation business priorities, needs, and constraints. Many people will tell you that their requirements are the most important, but it’s up to you and your team to determine priorities, along with what’s feasible and what’s not.
- Manage the exit plan with the source facility. Your current data center should be able to help you facilitate your exit plan and accommodate for any unique needs that your move entails.
- Manage the installation plan with the target facility. Like your exit plan, your installation plan will need to involve the target facility and its team. They can help make your needs a reality.
- Ensure proper data backup. Backing up your data at this phase is crucial, since it won’t be available until the equipment is powered back on.
- Verify data backups prior to server shutdown. You don’t want to take a chance here, so be sure that your data is securely backed up before you shut your equipment down.
- Document server status. Make sure you note IP addresses for old and new, and then label all cabling. This will make start up at your new facility much easier.
- Shutdown servers.
- Ensure proper lockdown of your equipment to avoid ‘de-racking’ of equipment by movers. Ideally you want to keep your equipment where it is and move the rack (versus the equipment). This will help protect the equipment and make setting up your new data center that much smoother.
- Supervise the movement of systems from the current facility to your target facility. Your equipment is expensive and vital to your business operations, so take nothing to chance.
- Setup and unlock your equipment at your target facility.
- Startup servers and applications of new system information. You’ll likely have new IP addresses, names, etc. that will need to be configured for your new location.
- Verify systems and applications. Perform a checklist of each piece of equipment to make sure that it’s working as it was prior.
- Restore hardware and data, if applicable.
To make sure your cold data center relocation – or any data center relocation – goes as smoothly as possible, be sure to manage all aspects of the project. This includes a formal project plan and coordination of all parties involved in the data center relocation.