Data center relocation is certainly a complex task. This is in sharp contrast to your regular corporate move. During a corporate move, you only need to break down, store, ship and reassemble equipment. As for relocating data centers, you have to take into consideration important matters such as ascertaining availability and accessibility of customer data. If it is your first time to relocate data centers, consider seeking server relocation services to save clients’ time and to shield your business from any potential risk. Strategies such as careful planning and preparation and familiarizing with the existing options ensures successful relocation of data center.
The two common models for relocating a data center are push/pull (physical move) and virtual/application migration.
Push/pull model (aka Lift and Shift)
It is synonymous with relatively small data centers. It poses more risks but relatively cheaper than the virtual migration model. It is not as complex as a migration and generally entails detaching the constituents of the data center, relocating and reconstructing them. Its major shortcoming is that during relocation, the data center is usually not in use. Further, the disassembling and reassembling of the data center constitutes poses some level of unpredictability. This situation is unfavorable for clients that use this model.
For effective data center relocation via push/pull method, the data center staff should thoroughly draft an inventory that captures all the components in every rack to ensure they are reinstalled exactly in their respective slots at the new data center location. Prior to the move, setting up networkconnectivity is crucial and so is mapping the correct power assignments. As soon as the move happens, it is essential to note power utilization immediately the new data center is online. Power stability has to be maintained throughout the infrastructure from UPS to the rack level. It is also important to maintain airflow stability at the rack level to enhance favorable environmental conditions and utmost efficiency.
There are important factors to consider during a physical move. Find out the racks static and dynamic load ratings when moving populated racks. The dynamic load ratings are in most cases lighter, and a rack structure which has its casters as the most vulnerable part will become dysfunctional if overburdened. Shock pallets should be used when packing racks. Thereafter, the racks should be loaded into the moving trucks. Tip guards should be utilized to avoid damage (through small bumps and jostles) to equipment that is being relocated for the first time. When in motion, racks can easily tip irrespective of whether rolling around a facility or anchored in the truck hence the need to use tip guards. As cheap as they are, tip guards can be great saviors when handling racks.
A data centre migration consumes more time and is very efficient as opposed to a push/pull move. This method assures uptime during relocation through creation of a duplicate data center. Prior to relocation, duplication of the computer environment of the production data center occurs. The duplicate data centre is subjected to testing for network connectivity and applications for a minimum of three times. Upon validation of the test results, the data centre environment is “frozen”. It is only after a successful move that the hardware environment, networking environment and the computer environment cease to be static. Afterwards, records and applications can be updated. The firmware should not be updated to avoid occurrence of conflicts. Since data center duplication has to be done to facilitate constant uptime and also careful testing of the environments, migration takes a lot of time and is relatively expensive compared to the push/pull move. Nonetheless, migration sees to it that data center relocation is done in a way that greatly reduces challenges that data center tenants encounter.
Upon the completion of relocation, the equipment in the initial production data center has to attend to. Security has to be maintained by wiping disks and clearing applications from storage arrays. As for hardware such as large server racks, it can be traded to acquire monetary gains from the metal. When it comes to advanced hardware, the best option is to do repairs then resell. Such hardware includes: processors, storage arrays, networking equipment and structured cabling.
Irrespective of your preferred method, relocating a data center is an engaging affair that comprises moving parts in plenty. You have no choice but to undertake well thought out planning and all the preparations necessary for relocation. Also, it is obligatory to execute practices that promise a great outcome in the end. A fully, functional new data center is the key to success with respect to your company’s future expansion goals.