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Planning Relocation Around a Data Center
The circumstances businesses have endured in highly populated cities have been too much to bear for many, sustaining themselves with fewer employees, staggering work hours, and losing employees due to the vaccination requirement. Businesses that relied heavily on government contracts drove away good employees who were unwilling to comply.
The problem was compounded by the government paying more unemployment than employees received on the job. Those who had the option to move out of state to avoid strict regulations and lower taxes did so in droves during the pandemic.
But not every office move is as simple as picking up desks and chairs. If your business depends on a data center, it is the hub of your information and your most valuable asset. You need a plan to move your data center out of state and your entire moving plan should be built around it.
Before you do anything, get a better understanding of what is involved in a data center move from a move checklist. Getting feedback from a few professionals will prepare you for the steps you must take prior to initiating the moving process.
- An estimate based on your budget.
- Recommendations based on equipment status, i.e., if an upgrade is required or something must be replaced, this is the ideal time to do it. Your new location may require adjustments to fit the layout or to facilitate growth.
- Tentative schedule.
Be sure to work with a company that has a track record of successful data center relocations.
Once you sign a contract with a data center mover, they will begin with an itinerary of all the components of your data center from hardware, wiring, cables, networks, etc. Every item must be accounted for to ensure proper reassembly at the new location. Clearly, the layout of your current business space will differ from the new space. Your moving strategy will take this into consideration. For instance, you may need a new network installation and must hire someone to perform it. The mover should be able to handle this for you.
Another important consideration is the size of your business. Are you moving to accommodate growth? If your current equipment is limited, you will need an upgrade at some point. Taking care of it at this stage of the game is more convenient and less costly than redoing your system down the line.
All these factors must be included in a strategy for planning the installation at the new location. But you must also consider planning your move for the least amount of disruption to your business possible. You do not want your employees going long periods of time without access to their computers or data, nor do you want to cause a raucous to other nearby businesses when you move equipment.
The move will be planned in stages so when people lose access it is for as little time as possible. If the stage is set at the new location to ensure quick installation, you can minimize downtime for everyone. Moving does not come without great expense, but if the benefits outweigh the costs, your business may thrive in a new location.