Insufficient infrastructure could result in a system crash and cause downtime (or worse) for your customers and employees.

Pack it up! Four Tips for Moving Your Data Center

Date: April 9th, 2014
Author: Penny Thurnau

Sometimes it’s necessary to move data centers – upkeep of infrastructure like cooling systems and generators rises in cost, your company is moving office spaces, disaster recovery, etc. There’s a lot that goes into making the move happen, but it’s important to look beyond the simplest, fastest solution. After all, think of what’s at stake! Insufficient infrastructure could result in a system crash and cause downtime (or worse) for your customers and employees.

If you plan on moving your data center, you need to get the research down. I know it’s tough (I’ve been there before), but here are some tips that helped the process go a lot smoother for me:

  • Identify the facility you want to go to. Make sure you are comparing at least 2-3 facilities. Your network contacts and equipment vendors generally have a good idea of what you will need. If all else fails, you can use the infinite source of all our wisdom, Google, to get reviews and feedback on certain facilities.
     
  • Plan accordingly. Know what you have and how much electric and power you will need.  The overage could cost you big if you don’t plan accordingly.
     
  • Negotiation is key. Make sure you are not over-paying for space. Compare cross-connect fees, power costs, and square footage costs. Go in knowing how many amps and racks you’ll need and how many amps per square foot the facility allows.
     
  • Avoid add-ons. This comes down to just reading the agreement. The little add-on fees are what will get you every time. Try to avoid any kind of change fee. Check to see if they are charging you for metered power or outlets. Do they charge for remote hands or after hour access? Do they only allow so many badges before they charge for extra? Are there any installation or removal fees?
     

If you keep these tips in mind, you can be sure you’re getting what you need at a price that will make your finance team very happy.