BlogData Center Relocation: A Proven Methodology is Critical for Success


Like most businesses today, your company depends on technology and data—the collection of essential electronic documents, digital images, electronic transactions, and databases generated as part of your normal business operations. In fact, with BYOD, social media, and the Internet of Things (IoT) you’re likely capturing data in quantities you may not have anticipated. To manage this wealth of information, you rely on your data center. But what happens if your business is facing:

  • A merger or acquisition?
  • A lack of space or power in your current data center?
  • An expired lease on your data center building?
  • An executive mandate to reduce costs?
  • A need for a more efficient co-location?

All of these situations can be difficult, especially when you consider that they also likely require a data center relocation. Data center moves always pose a serious threat of disruptions or data loss that can jeopardize your crucial business operations. If you’re serious about your business, then disruptions and data loss are unacceptable risks. That’s precisely why you want a data center relocation specialist skilled in the industry best practices and proven methodology to ensure a successful move.

We’ve conducted our fair share of data center relocations and have also seen a number of data center relocations gone bad. This is precisely why we’ve developed a structured methodology and why one is so important.

With our Structured Data Collection Methodology—the ASG proprietary and professional approach to data center relocations—we’ve completed numerous complex data center relocations for major clients across several industries that rely on data as a key component of their businesses.

We cultivated the Structured Data Collection Methodology throughout more than 30 years of experience as a leading provider of enterprise IT infrastructure solutions and consulting services. We specifically designed the methodology to include 4 phases:

  • Discovery and Data Collection
  • Analysis and Design
  • Planning and Risk Management
  • Smooth Implementation

The thorough discovery, planning, and analysis phases account for contingencies and potential problems. Our approach also isolates and compartmentalizes data sets, minimizes known variables, and arranges potential back-out points. These steps reduce risk and downtime so you can keep your business running smoothly.

We offer a variety of data center relocation services. Each includes our Structured Data Collection Methodology to effectively relocate data centers without endangering business-critical data and applications.

Our next blog post will explore the first two phases – discovery and data collection and analysis and design. We’d love to hear about your data center success stories or nightmares so please feel free to leave a comment below.

About the Author

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist

Throughout his twenty-five year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist at ASG, Dustin uses his advanced understanding of cloud compute models to help customers develop and align their cloud strategies with their business objectives. His master-level engineering knowledge spans storage, systems, and networking.