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.