Tips For Moving A Data Center Without Losing Anything
In every company's lifetime, there will be a need to move the data center at one point. And it's a scary prospect. There are a lot of 'what if' scenarios to consider. Whatever the reason — whether it's growing business or that you want to use more cloud services and reduce your own server number, careful planning is needed.
To ensure that the move is as worry free as possible, check out this list of tips to make sure your data center move is a success.
Find a technology partner to work with that specializes in moving data centers. Their job is to make it as easy and pain free as possible, but they will also give you a risk assessment. How likely are you to lose any information. How long the data center move will take. A technology partner will support you every step of the way to ensure it's a success.
Work on a data clean up ahead of the project to move the data center. What is the point in moving files that are no longer looked at or used by anyone? Are you even allowed to be storing some information anymore? Is it within data record regulations? If it isn't, get rid of it.
Start slow. There's no sense to charging in and trying to get it done in a day. That's how mistakes are made and how information will be lost.
Prioritize your workloads. What systems are critical and what aren't? Start with the non-critical to test the water — see how smoothly the move is and then move to the next in the list.
Have a disaster recovery backup and failsafe. If it should all go wrong, have something in place to protect yourself. If something should happen to a server — perhaps a power cut or surge — have a plan in place for another server to take over and make sure business can keep running. Keep in communication with your IT specialists to make sure everything is going smoothly.
Utilise the quieter time in business to move the most critical systems. Most businesses have their peak during 9-5, Monday to Friday. Use the weekend to move your critical systems, which gives you breathing space of 2 days with minimal to no use from your customers to get everything moved.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Migra Systems.