The Essential Data Center Relocation Checklist

You can prepare for a successful relocation by understanding the scope, creating a detailed project plan, communicating requirements and having the right resources in place.

How do you start planning a data center relocation?

If you are leading your organization’s next data center move, you know you have a lot of moving parts, dates, resources and targets to coordinate. This checklist gives you a good starting point to begin creating a plan that includes relocation logistics, tasks and details. (And if you have any questions, we can help!)

A comprehensive project plan is indispensable. Invest time and resources in creating a plan that includes:

✓ An assigned project manager/owner

✓ Environment prerequisites

✓ Hardware prerequisites

✓ Software prerequisites

✓ Task prerequisites

✓ Key team players

✓ Key dates for each stage of your data center relocation project

✓ A back-out plan

Use careful planning and methodical execution to achieve a successful move. Add to your task prerequisites:

✓ Label cabling in the existing and target data center

✓ Backups completed

✓ DBAs and application administrators disable services

✓ Shut down and power off equipment

✓ Network administrator checks cabling, switch configuration and firewall connectivity

✓ OS Administrator remotely connects to console access to reconfigure network settings for the service (if not done prior to shutdown)

✓ OS Administrator checks health of OS, network and storage connectivity

✓ DBAs and application administrators check services

✓ QA team tests all applications and certifies the environment

Minimize downtime and risk by testing backups in advance of your relocation. Identify and follow the proper steps for your environment.

✓ Know and test how you would restore the data in the new data center should things go awry

✓ Be ready with media and license keys for installing backup server client software if needed

✓ Ensure that your backup and build servers are ready to go in the new data center prior to the relocation date (Optional but recommended should you need to perform a server recovery)

Plan for the time and events you could encounter when shutting down your affected server, storage and/or network equipment.

✓ Are all applications shut down?

✓ Are all databases shut down?

✓ Test shutdown and start up

The day of your move is next month. Make sure to account for:

✓ Physical size of doors/elevators/stairwells and loading dock/truck ramp

✓ Moving tools: fork lift, dolly, flatbed cart

✓ Area for packaging and un-packaging in both data centers

✓ Identifying your development, staging and production equipment to avoid misplacement at new site

✓ Un-racking and racking at new site

✓ Time for cabling needs

Download a copy of this checklist

to help you prepare for your next data center relocation.

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