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Moving your datacenter?

30 Aug

I recently moved residences, and since my current project is a Data Center Relocation, I thought I would compare the two moves.  Relocation is one of the largest projects a person or business can undertake. It’s disruptive, but with careful planning, it can be the biggest event a business undertakes that most people never know about.  Relocation of a home or a data center requires planning (more than you think you need to do),  communications,  relocation of services, migration execution, and follow-up.

Planning:  Step 1: Identify Need

There has to be a reason you do this, and it better be good.  I’ve moved several times in my life, and other than the anticipation of getting to school, or the move in to the first real house that I owned, I never have enjoyed it.  There is an overwhelming amount of work that needs to be done in order for it to be done right. Yet, it’s done every day!

In the case of my move, my lease was going to expiring.  My kids and I were living in a 900 square foot duplex: 3 bedroom and the bathroom downstairs; and one large room upstairs divided into the kitchen, dining area, and the rest set aside for TV, couch, desk, etc .  If it was just me, it would have been fine; for 4 of us, with books and Legos and Polly Pockets and work and homework and the need as humans to s p r e a d  o u t so we were not rightontopofeachother drove the need to find a different place to live.

Such is the same for a business relocating their data center.  Is your data center location lease  coming due and the new terms aren’t acceptable? Maybe your business is growing and you are out of space in the data center, and/or have no additional power and/or cooling capacity left?  Has your business decided that owning and maintaining a data center just isn’t one of the core competencies that they support?  While our economy relies on technology, many businesses have made strategic decisions to selectively outsource elements of their IT operations, which includes data center operations.  There is a tremendous amount of work involved in maintaining a data center, and for many, the easier decision is to contract for those services.

There is a considerable amount of work required simply in identifying the need, and careful analysis of alternatives is required.  In my case, the advantages of staying where I was were outweighed by the identified need to have some additional space for the 4 of us.  I couldn’t virtualize and consolidate kids like I can with servers and network and storage!  While we could reduce the amount of stuff we have, the fact is that the kids are growing, and for our collective mental health, moving was something that was going to have to happen.

Are you constrained in your data center by space, power and/or cooling? Do you need room to grow your IT footprint so that you can support the business?